Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Grand Plan of Mullanpur/New Chandiagrh

ROADS

(Tentative cost: 1750 crores)

A 200’ wide road, 8 km long road is being constructed from New Chandigarh/UT boundary to ‘T’ junction of Kurali-Siswan road at the cost of Rs. 230 crores (including land cost). This road will act as major link between UT, Punjab & Himachal Pradesh. At present it has 6 lanes, with two service roads of 22.5 feet width being constructed on both sides of the main carriageway. The central verge of the Road has been kept as 14 feet to accommodate one more lane on each carriage way in future.GMADA has also proposed to construct 2 additional vertical roads in New Chandigarh Local Planning Area. These roads will provide major link with PR-4 road to New Chandigarh road (from New Chandigarh UT barrier up to Kurali-Siswan “T” junction). These 60 m wide roads will have a cross section of dual carriageway of 14 m each with two service lanes of 7.5 m each. The approximate cost of construction for these roads will be Rs. 240 Crores.The Proposed road PR 4 from UT boundary passing through village Togan upto Kurali Siswan road (near village Boothgarh) is 60 m wide having a length of 15 K.M. It will be constructed with tentative project cost of Rs.550 Crores (including land cost) and the process of land acquisition has been started.The proposed road from village Slamatpur to Punjab U.T boundary is 60 m wide having a length of 9 km. It will be constructed with tentative project cost of Rs.325 Crores (including land cost) and the process of land acquisition for construction of road has been started.

The proposed road PR 6 from New Chandigarh (8 lanes) to village Manana is 60 m wide having a length 10 km. It will be constructed with tentative project cost of Rs.375 Crores (including land cost) and the process of land acquisition has been started. Approximately 3.50 km road out of this 10 km road is being constructed by OMAXE infrastructure limited and work is in progress.

WATER SUPPLY (Tentative cost: Rs.400 crores)

Out of 80 MGD canal water likely to be received at Jandpur against Kajauli Scheme, 20 MGD raw canal water has been earmarked, to meet the requirement of New Chandigarh up-to next 25 years An independent 20 MGD capacity Water Treatment Plant (WTP) is proposed to be installed exclusively for New Chandigarh. However, keeping in view the present demand of only 5 MGD water for this region, about 9 km long 900 mm dia MS Pipe is proposed to be laid from Jandpur up to main Water Works at Eco-park before July 2014 and from this place water shall be distributed to five secondary water works proposed for different regions and there after distributed through pipe network.SEWERAGE SYSTEM (Tentative cost: Rs.160 crores)Independent sewerage system including installation of an independent 62 mld capacity main Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) exclusively for New Chandigarh has been proposed and the treated sewage water shall be used for watering of plants & green areas.

STORM WATER DRAINAGE SYSTEM (Tentative cost: Rs.180 crores)

Independent storm water drainage system comprising RCC pipes, road gullies etc. for carrying the rain water up to two natural choe’s namely Jayanti Devi & Patiala Ki Rao passing through this region including creation of Water bodies & Rain Harvesting System has been proposed for New Chandigarh.

ELECRIFICATION

(Tentative cost: Rs.300 crores)The load projections for New Chandigarh for the next 25 years have been taken as 400MW. To supply power to New Chandigarh & to cater these load requirements, two number 220 KV grid sub stations shall be required. These sub stations shall be provided with 2x100MVA power transformers at each place with a future provision of addition of one more 100 MVA transformer. One of the existing 66 KV sub stations at Majra is being upgraded to 220 KV sub stations and in future another 220KV sub stations shall be established near village Thaska. These sub stations shall be supplied power from 220KV lines Rajpura and Morinda. Regarding distribution of power, nine new 66 KV Sub-stations have been proposed exclusively for New Chandigarh in addition to up gradation of two existing Sub-stations at Majra and Mullanpur Garib Dass by providing additional power transformers. 66 KV cable ring main system of approx. 100 circuit km. is proposed to be laid in New Chandigarh to ensure uninterrupted power supply for the town

of Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar/ New Chandigarh is on fast track these days.

METRO

After survey of the Tri city a detailed draft report on the Metro Rail Project Public transport for the convenience of general public of Chandigarh, Panchkula and Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar has been submitted by Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (D.M.R.C.) to U.T Administration, Punjab and Haryana State Govt.

The Total Length of the Metro Rail is 37.573 km. Total Project cost is Rs. 10,900 Crores. Two separate corridors will be developed under this project. The first corridor will be from the Capital Complex Chandigarh upto the Gurduwara Singh Shahidan, Sector 70, S.A.S. Nagar and the total length of this Corridor shall be 12.497 km (4.427 km above ground and 8.070 km underground). The second corridor will be from New Chandigarh (in Punjab portion) upto the Grain Market, Panchkula (Haryana) and the total length of this corridor shall be 25.076 km (19.041 km above ground and 6.035 km underground). In the first corridor, length of Metro Rail in Punjab will be 3.927 km above ground and in the second corridor it will be 3.878 km above Ground

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Property market in the tricity revives

While 2013 had been tagged as one of the most dismal years for the property market in the Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali area by market watchers, no miracles were foreseen for 2014 in view of the soaring inflation figures, low GDP growth and impending general elections. But the dark clouds of slowdown seem to be thinning as the realty market here has shown some movement over the past couple of months.

Winds of hope

The market has stirred back to life as the end-user, who was in a wait-and-watch mode so far, is coming forth to finalise deals now. In the tricity now the customer is out to buy. Over the past three months quite a few transactions have taken place and these have given some momentum to the listless market. With the buyers waiting for the prices to bottom out and sellers holding on to their assets, the volume of transactions was dismally low last year and this had led to stagnation. There has been a substantial increase in the number of queries from potential buyers over the past month and even the response to sale purchase ads was very positive now.

Commenting on the reasons for this change in buyer ,the end user can now sense that a change in goverment in imminent after the elections and the real estate market will recover once a stable government is there at the Centre. Thus, the prices will appreciate by the end of this year, making it the right time to buy.

Almost everybody is pinning hopes on the formation of stable government that would help in stabilising the economic scenario. The tricity market has already seen price correction to the tune of 25-35 per cent than the highs of 2010-11. This correction is across all segments — residential and commercial — and may be more pronounced in the case of the lesser known developers. Attractive offers are also being offered by the builders. So this is the right time to invest in property, especially for end-users. Also, the downturn of real estate cycle has been for three continuous years. So the feeling of positivity and anticipation of appreciation in property market is there and that is what is bringing the buyers out.

Positive factors at play

The area has a large number of big-ticket projects in Mohali, Kharar, Banur, Mullanpur, Panchkula-Pinjore Urban Complex, Zirakpur and Dera Bassi that have state-of-the-art facilities on offer. With names like Studio DRA, UK (Wave Estate, Mohali), Atkins, UK (Wave Estate), Shapoorji Pallonji (DLF Hyde Park Estate), Hafeez Contractor and Gian P. Mathur (Homeland Heights, Mohali) etc associated with the projects, the buyers are getting best things and at cheaper rates at the moment.If one can get this standard of quality for, say around Rs 4,400 per sq ft, then it is a steal. And the revival is not there just in the residential segment, there is good response in the commervial segement too. The commercial spaces in new projects on Landran-Banur road are getting good response from buyers. “The prices here are one third of those in the established sectors like 79-80 making these attractive options.

Apart from the price factor there are some other favourable growth drivers that are in play, especially in the Mohali area. The real estate growth of an area generally has a cycle of 7 to 8 years and the growth peaks at around 5 to 7 years. Most of the projects in Mohali are at the 5 to 7 year time scale and are nearing completion, infrastructure, too, is in place now, so the end-user interest is more. Recent developments like approval for big projects for New Chandigarh and allotment of land to Infosys in Mohali have also increased the realty potential of these areas.

Another factor that has played an important role in adding momentum to the realty market and in building buyer confidence is the fact that a number of big developers, who have integrated townships projects lined up in the periphery areas, have started handing over possessions to the buyers. Handing over of plots and residential units always brings in positivity in the market as it is at this stage that the tangible product is transferred in real terms to the customer. It further leads the customer/end-user in planning to move to the new property or build one, in case of plots. So habitation of the project starts happening, which further leads to other developments such as commercial, institutional etc. All this has a positive impact on the real estate market.

In Mohali Emaar MGF that has one of the largest projects — Mohali Hills — on Landran-Banur road and was under the cloud of delay, has started handing over possessions of villas and apartments. The TDI group has also handed over possessions at its different residential and commercial projects within TDI City-I and II (Sector 117, 118, 119 and 110 and 111, Mohali). Families have already moved into Ansals group’s Orchard County in Sector 115 and in independent floors in its Sector 114 project. GMADA’s mega project Aerocity that had seen very slow growth over the past almost four years is also ‘back in action’with the numbering of plots in progress right now.

Though a recent entrant in the tricity market, DLF group is also gearing to hand over the possessions of plots in its Hyde Park Estate in New Chandigarh (Mullanpur) by sometime next month and of floors at its DLF Valley Panchkula over the next few months.

With the market being end-user driven at the moment, the prices are not likely to go up considerably over the next few months. The prices go up only when there are investors in the market, which is not likely to happen till mid-August. This, according to experts, will bring more end- users to the market. However, it remains to be seen to what extent these favourable factors will be able to revive the tricity realty scene.

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Property Market showing Green Shoots of recovery

The increase in the number of real estate transactions and enquiries over the past three to four months has indicated a change in the market sentiment in the residential real estate sector. Stablisation of prices and the hope of an upward movement in the realty sector in the latter half of this year is finally making the end users come out of their wait-and-watch mode. Dogged by low sales, rising inventories and cash crunch, the developers, too, are going all out to attract the buyers. Though price revisions and reduction has not been seen in the primary market, the developers all over the region seem to have become “liberal” with the easy payment plans. Almost 90 per cent of the new projects are being launched with an easy payment plan of some type. “Developers are proffering bundled offers instead of negotiating prices”, says Om Ahuja, CEO – Residential Services, Jones Lang LaSalle India.

Commenting on the trend Anil Kumar Sharma, President, CREDAI NCR explains, “In today’s highly competitive market, these payment plans are devised to attract customers. The developer has no choice but to offer the best return on investment to the prospective buyer. The customer, too, is highly educated and informed and studies various options available before making a deal. Overall, these plans reflect the market sentiment, economic environment and competitive options available for the customers.”

“Giving buyers an option to pay in a mode that is flexible and convenient serves as an effective strategy especially in a slow market as it makes owning a home more affordable and convenient for the end user,” says Anil Mithas, CMD, Unnati Fortune Group. The group is offering a 10:80:10 scheme for its recently launched project in Sector 119, Noida.

Though payment plans like the construction-linked plans have been in vogue for quite some time, it is the no-EMI or no-pre-EMI plans and possession-linked plans that are being advertised vigorously at the moment. But as a buyer one should know the pros and cons of each of these in order to avoid being fleeced or getting trapped by a developer.

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Failure of CHB Auction in 2014

The auction of commercial properties held by the Chandigarh Housing Board flopped with just two booths finding any takers on Wednesday. A total of 145 booths, bay shops and a restaurant site were to go under the hammer. The two properties that were auctioned fetched a little over the reserve price. The CHB auction of booths held in 2009 had also flopped with no property being auctioned.

Among the booths that were auctioned was one in Sector 38 (West). This fetched Rs 61.13 lakh, just Rs 25,000 more than the reserve price. Another booth in Manimajra fetched Rs 60.25 lakh, which was Rs 27,000 more than the reserve price. The rest of the properties did not find a single bidder. The auction was scheduled to be held from February 5 to 7. However, on the first day itself, the response was pitiable. The booths have been lying vacant for the past decade. The CHB officials who were conducting the auction initially started the bidding announcing one site each. However, with no response being received, all the booths in each sector were taken up at once. The process ended shortly after it had started.

Several reasons were given for the flop show. According to one, traders were not keen on buying property on a leasehold basis. All the booths available were on leasehold basis. Also, service tax was to be charged this year as per directions of the Central Excise and Taxation Department.

Kamaljit Singh Panchhi, president of the Property Federation Chandigarh, said, “The auction was going to flop, it was inevitable. No one is interested in purchasing property on a leasehold basis. On leasehold property, the owner is required to pay ground rent and property tax every year. This time 12.5 per cent service tax was also to be charged. Apart from this, the collector rate is very high. We have requested the administration time and again to convert property into freehold. However, no action has been taken.”

Similar views were expressed by chairman of Chandigarh Beopar Mandal Charanjeev Singh. “There is a need for the administration to change its policies. People will not want to purchase leasehold property as 2.5 per cent ground rent has to be paid every year. People are interested in purchasing property in Chandigarh. However, in this situation, there will be no takers even in the next four to five years.”

The maximum number of booths were up for auction in Manimajra, where 71 booths were present. A restaurant site in Manimajra was also to be auctioned. The other sectors where booths were up for auction were sectors 38 (W), 40, 49, 51 and 61. The CHB auction in 2009 had also met a similar fate. There were barely any takers then as well. The CHB auction was held in order to assess the situation in the city before auction of other

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Map New Chandigarh

Chandigarh is growing, growing, and phew, growing! The easel that supports the vast canvass of City Beautiful is being forced to live with its unwanted child, Mullanpur, nay, New Chandigarh, spread over 15,000 acres to the north-west of the original city. The fear is that there would be a permanent umbilical chord with Ma Chandigarh. Work in progress on widening of the Chandigarh-Mullanpur road that is being projected as the ticket to the development of New Chandigarh. Work in progress on widening of the Chandigarh-Mullanpur road that is being projected as the ticket to the development of New Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Manoj Mahajan Here’s reality check: it will have at least 17 high-rises, including residential complexes. Based on its population projection of nearly 5 lakh by 2031, the requirement of water and electricity would be at 165 million litres per day (MLD) and 790 MW. The city would generate 247 tonnes of solid waste per day, and 62 million litres per day of sewage.

Would things be any better when Chandigarh would have to spoon-feed its newest, wealthiest foil, New Chandigarh? The original city is not allowed to grow vertically beyond 30 metres. It draws its water share from Khajauli plant that gets supply from the Bhakra. It needs 87 million gallons per day (MGD). It is short by 29 MGD. For power, the Union Territory is dependent on a variety of sources. Its requirement is 400MW per day. It is running short by about 60MW.

Five years after the Punjab Government released the first master plan 2013-2058, prepared by Jurong Pvt Lt, the Singapore-based consultant, construction of roads and provisions of adequate water and electricity supply remain only on paper.

“Infrastructure follows development. As projects come up, developers would create facilities”, said a senior Town Planning Department official.

Many town planners say the broad outlines of low-density country living in Mullanpur area are being subtly altered by raising the population density and Floor Area Ratio (FAR). That means that there would be 40 persons living in an acre, 17 years hence. Compare this with Chandigarh: the population density at present is around 35 persons per acre. By 2031, this would rise to about 57.

A Venu Prasad, Punjab Principal Secretary Housing, says: “The increase in the population density would not affect the eco-sensitivity of the area. The new township has been divided into three zones. The density level would be kept low in Zone A which is located near the Shivaliks and is the reserved forest area. In Zone B, the density would be kept moderate. It will highest in Zone 3 but that too with restrictions”.

Top Punjab Government officials are confident they can deliver. “The new township has been planned in such a way that there would be no dependence on Chandigarh. Both would complement each other,” says AK Sinha, Chief Administrator, Greater Mohali Area Development Authority.

Not many are convinced, though. There are accusations of politicians-bureaucrat-realtor nexus at work as the New Chandigarh master plan has been changed to “adjust” unplanned development in the immediate periphery of Chandigarh, be it Nayagoan to the north of the Punjab & Haryana civil secretariat or Zirakpur, which is all but a concrete urban slum.

“If the Punjab Government succeeds in realising this (New Chandigarh) project, it would be a tragedy: It would belie its commitment to the making of Chandigarh to which it was a signatory in 1949. And it will kill Chandigarh, which is a city of its own creation. The state should focus on developing existing towns,” says SS Bhatti, former Principal, Chandigarh College of Architecture.

As an oversized city struggles to take on a season's knock each year, it despairingly evokes a sharp, cringing cussedness, what with never-ending nights and days of thirst and supply woes. "Things weren't as bad a few years back," thus begin, and end, all day and midnight conversations.

Reality check

The new township spread over 15,000 acres, will have at least 17 high-rises, including residential complexes Based on its population projection by 2031, the requirement of water and power would be at 165 million litres per day and 790 MW

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Maha Chandigarh

Punjab’s ruling Shiromani Akali Dal seems to be going at break-neck speed to surround Chandigarh with concrete jungles that hold an urban promise only theoretically, bringing in a chaos that feeds on realty speculation. Mullanpur (New Chandigarh) could fall into the category of Zirakpur and Kharar, which are now a casualty of the state government’s lopsided planning.

A look around Chandigarh would tell you that while there appears to be an unbundling of the city in the haphazard growth of several townships, there is nothing beyond that. New Chandigarh, thus, shows only microcosmic trappings of a planning that at best works in fits and starts.

Today, the population in urban, semi-urban and rural settlements of the Greater Mohali Region -- Nayagoan, Mullanpur, Mohali, Kharar, Kurali, Zirakpur, Dera Bassi, Lalru and Banur -- stands around 1 million - a little less than Chandigarh’s 1.5 million. Compared to 28,000-acre planning area of City Beautiful, the area of the Greater Mohali Region stands at 2,97,500 acres.

As per the Mohali Regional Master Plan 2008-2058, the water requirement for the region by 2021 would be 274 million gallons per day (MGD). The current demand is 35 MGD and the shortfall is of around 10 MGD.

Other than Mohali, which gets a major part of its supply from the Kajauli waterworks, all other areas depend on the depleting groundwater.

Similarly, Chandigarh will need 140 MGD. The demand at present is 87 MGD, short by 29 MGD.

Power requirement for the Mohali region will be 7,019 MW by 2021 and 9,358 MW by 2031 (up from 630 MW available at present). Given the severe shortages, it’s anybody’s guess as to what would happen to New Chandigarh and City Beautiful.

Experts ask: In years to come, will there be a Maha Chandigarh, a shapeless entity, which town planners and architects dread to even contemplate? “There is no harm in planned development. But it should not eat into Chandigarh’s resources. Urban settlements should be self-sufficient. Otherwise it would be a disaster,” said Kishanjit Singh, a former UT chief engineer.

Punjab officials are hopeful. Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) chief engineer Tarlochan Singh says the upcoming 80 MGD line from Kajauli will be enough for all the planning areas for another 25 years. To treat solid waste, there are plans to set up treatment plants. A solid waste management site is being set up at Samgouli, Derabassi, he says.

A realistic reappraisal of progress, or the lack of it in master plans of various clusters of Greater Mohali, reflects a grim reality that New Chandigarh must face before it is taken to the next stage of development:

Mohali

Punjab’s newest district, where property prices have soared dramatically. It posted a population growth of 32 per cent (1,23,484 in 2001). The census 2011 puts Mohali’s population at 1,46,104. It is projected to touch 12,95,000 by 2031and 17,26,500 by 2056.

Planning area: 25,206 acres, divided into 126 sectors, stretching up to Kharar-Banur road. The area earmarked for residential, commercial and institutional land is 5,369 hectares, 1,975 hectares, and 1,305 hectares, respectively.

Projects: The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) is developing sports complexes in different parts of the city. Roads are being widened. Central Business District (CBD), District Administrative Complex and a new inter state bus terminus are being developed.

Civic amenities: The city gets 13 MGD water against a 23 MGD requirement. GMADA says it is set to complete Phase-5 and 6 of the Kajauli waterworks that would bring in 80 MGD to meet the requirement of 34 MGD by 2016, 51 MGD by 2021 and 64 MGD by 2031.

Zirakpur

It is a planning disaster. Thanks to politicians, hundreds of illegal structures were regularised before GMADA came up with a master plan in 2010. Developed along the Chandigarh-Ambala and Panchkula-Patiala highways, the town has a population of one lakh. It was only 26,000 in 2001.It means a four-fold growth in 13 years!

On drawing board: As per the master plan, the area earmarked for residential and commercial was 5,285 acres and around 750 acres.

Wall of politics: When the Zirakpur master plan was notified, it ran into opposition from politicians as the agency wanted wider roads and relocation of certain structures. Not much has happened as per the master plan recommendations.

Civic sorrow: A sewer network was completed around the 2012 elections, but the STP has not been installed. Against the present demand of 5 MGD, the water requirement is projected at 18 MGD by 2020 and 31 MGD by 2031. Currently it depends on around 40 underground tubewells.

Power: It woefully inadequate. Against the present requirement of 105 MW, the township would need 252 MW by 2021 and 420 MW by 2031.

Dera Bassi

It flaunts its location, being on the Chandigarh-Ambala National Highway. The master plan released three years ago has not made much difference in the lives of the residents. Around the last Assembly elections, a sewer network in the inhabited areas of urban settlement was laid, but the sewerage treatment plant is nowhere in sight.

On drawing board: As per the master plan, the residential and commercial areas measured 3,082 acres, and around 1,100 acres respectively. 12 major housing and commercial projects are in the works

Population: 26,000. Would be 86,325 by 2031 and 2,88,960 by 2056.

Water & power: Against the present requirement of 1.3 MGD, it would need 20 MGD of water by 2020. The township would require 488 MW of power by 2031, compared to the present demand of 80 MW.

The place generates 6 tonnes per day of solid waste and It would generate 207 tonnes by 2031.

Kharar

It’s closest to Chandigarh like Zirakpur, but is a civic disaster. What makes it even worse is despite the fact that many projects have come under the jurisdiction of Kharar Municipal Committee, the end result has been chaos: many housing projects within the civic body are without basic amenities. GMADA officials point out the civic body seldom adheres to the planning norms while approving projects. As a result, integration of services within and outside the limits has become impossible. The sewer network recently laid in Kharar town has failed as no arrangement for its disposal has been made. The STP work is yet to be completed.

Population: 70,000, nearly double than in 2001. It will be 1 lakh 30,000 by 2031 and 2lakh 76,000 by 2056.

Planning area: 7,832 acres, of which, 2024 have been reserved for residential and around 700 acres for commercial use.

Civic amenities: Present consumption: 3 MGD. Demand: 22 MGD by 2031. The township is slated to generate 141 tonnes per day of solid waste in the next 18 years, compared to 8 tonnes per day today. Power: Present demand: 50 MW. It would be 108 MW by 2020, 270 MW by 2035 and 360 MW by 2056.

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Friday, July 5, 2013

Mullanpur Has Holiday Inn

Omaxe Limited, a leading real estate company having diversified projects in nine states and 30 cities and one of world’s largest hotel companies, the Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) have joined hands to bring to the city of New Chandigarh (formerly Mullanpur), a five star hotel “Holiday Inn”.

Officials at Omaxe told here today that the company will undertake the construction of the hotel which will be managed by IHG. The coming up of Holiday Inn would be a step forward towards creation of a commercial hub in Omaxe New Chandigarh that will house retail spaces–International Trade Tower and India Trade Tower, alongside the hotel.

Omaxe will invest close to Rs 200 crores in building this luxurious Hotel that will cater to corporates and the local elite, including tourists. The office and retail spaces in the vicinity have been attracting reputed companies from sectors like IT, BFSI, Retail etc in the national and international arena.

New Chandigarh, spread across approx. 700 acres, is an integrated township in New Chandigarh. With offerings like plots, independent floors, villas, proposed group housing, office and retail spaces, hotels etc.; the township with its greenery, clean environment and proposed creation of schools, colleges, hospitals etc will emerge as a world-class city. New Chandigarh in itself is emerging as a hot-spot destination with Medicity, Education city, Metro Rail, Cricket Stadium etc proposed in New Chandigarh.

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New Chandigarh put on fast track by the Dy CM

The New Chandigarh, envisioned by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal in the Mullanpur area, was put on fast track of completion with Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal approving its comprehensive conceptual plan prepared by Greater Mohali Area Development Authority.

Presiding over a high level meeting, Sukhbir Singh Badal said that he was planning to make New Chandigarh one of the best planned cities with ultra modern infrastructure to enable it to face the challenges of 21st century, making it a economic hub of South East Asia. Deputy Chief Minister said that this new city planned an area of 15272.5 acres in the foothills of Shivaliks, would have Eco-City, Medi-City, Education-City and mega projects that would propel the development of the state to the next orbit.

Asking GMADA to expedite the acquisition of land for Education City, Eco-City and Medi-City, Sukhbir said that road and allied infrastructure for these projects have to be completed by December 2013.

Giving the details about Edu-City, the Deputy CM said that reputed international universities and institutes in the area of hospital administration, management courses, computer science and engineering branches, biotechnology, multimedia, pharmaceuticals, tourism and hospitality, industrial design, media and mass communication were evincing great interest to setup their institutes in the proposed education city. Deputy CM said that after seeking their expression of interest, a short listing process would begin and land would be allotted to them after completion of road infrastructure.

Approving Rs. 1278 crore for the infrastructure of proposed town, Sukhbir said that Rs. 660 crore has been sanctioned for Road Infrastructure and he would not accept anything below world class infrastructure technology in the building of road network. He asked Secretary PWD P.S. Aujla to ensure all junctions improvisations with National Highways should be according to international specifications.

The Deputy Chief Minister also approved Rs. 12 crore for installation of 10 MGD capacity water treatment plants, Rs. 262 crore for water supply, sewerage and storm water and drainage water, Rs. 40 crore for 62 MLD sewerage treatment plant and Rs. 300 crore for 220KV and 66KV substation, electrification, street lightning and laying of 66KV underground cable.

Approving the eco-city plan, Sukhbir said that this world class city to be developed on a piece of 400 acres land would have planned development of 3109 plots. He was informed that construction of 40’,80’ and 120’ roads including public health , electrical and horticulture work at the cost of Rs. 151 crore would be completed by January 2014.

Asking GMADA to expedite completion of 200 feet Mullanpur Road from UT boundary to T junction Siswan Road, the Deputy CM asked PWD to begin the process for declaring it a National Highway. It was also informed that this road would be completed by March 31, 2014 and its service roads and two service lanes would be completed by May 2014.

Reiterating his resolve to make a best planned city, Sukhbir said that two 66KV grid sub stations at Mullanpur Garibdass and Majra, 9 proposed grid sub-stations in Chandigarh and two 220 KV grid sub stations at Majra and Thaska with a combined capacity of 400 MVA should have international specifications.

Asking the tourism department to put up eco-tourism plan for the green belts of New Chandigarh area, Sukhbir said that Shivaliks, its virgin forests and scenic beauty coupled with serenity of Siswan Dam Lake offer a huge tourism potential for adventure and eco-friendly tourists.

Prominent amongst those present in the meeting included A Venu Prasad, Secretary Urban Development, Manvesh Singh Sidhu, Chief Administrator, PUDA, Manjit Singh Brar, Additional Chief Administrator GMADA and officers of various departments.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Panjab Government Okays Mullanpur to be named as NEW CHANDIGARH

In a decision that is set to trigger a major controversy between Punjab and Chandigarh, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Wednesday approved renaming the Local Planning Area (LPA), Mullanpur, as 'New Chandigarh' and asked the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) to develop it as a world-class planned city on modern lines.

The CM was presiding over the 26th meeting of the Punjab Regional & Town Planning & Development Board. Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal was also present. It was decided that Mullanpur township, which adjoins Chandigarh, will be developed as a model city equipped with infrastructure and ultra-modern facilities of international standards.

The CM also gave his nod to constitute a high-level committee under the chairmanship of Advisor (Health and Medical Education) Dr K K Talwar. The committee will also have Secretary (Health), Secretary (Housing & Development), and representatives of GMADA and Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB). The panel will chalk out a comprehensive plan for the development of Medicity in Mullanpur. The state-of-the-art cancer institute on the pattern of Tata Memorial Cancer Hospital is already coming up in Medicity over an area of 50 acre.

Badal senior also gave his nod to form a similar committee of education experts for evolving a time-bound action plan to develop Educity as the hub of education over an area of 1,700 acre. Sukhbir directed the GMADA to amend the master plan of 'New Chandigarh' accordingly. He also gave the go-ahead to enhance the width of sectoral grid roads from 100 to 200 feet in the master plan of "New Chandigarh".

Several plans were approved for Mohali to make it emerge as the financial capital of Punjab. Among them is the construction of an amphitheatre with a seating capacity of 3,000 people in the Nature Park, Sector 62, Mohali, spread over 50 acre where theatre performances and drama shows would be held besides conducting cultural programmes, live stage performances and concerts. Laser shows on the life and philosophy of great warrior Baba Banda Singh Bahadur at the memorial at Chappar Chiri would be held.

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