The UT administration has decided to come up with a draft scheme on land pooling policy, said UT adviser Dharam Pal while chairing a crucial meeting on land pooling policy on Tuesday. He said that the administration would also seek objections and suggestions from people in this regard. He said that the UT administration was also working on the issue of availability of vacant land in villages.
The draft on land pooling policy is being prepared by Bengaluru-based Indian Institute of Human Settlement (IIHS).
The UT administration has already planned to make Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) the nodal agency for the land pooling policy to utilise available vacant land in the city as per the Master Plan, 2031.
Administrator Banwarilal Purohit has asked the administration to utilise available vacant land in the city in accordance with the Master Plan, 2031, leading the UT administration to look at overcoming the constraint of land availability through introduction of a land pooling policy.
Bengaluru-based Indian Institute of Human Settlement has been entrusted with the task of formulating a land aggregation and pooling policy.
The policy will help the administration utilise surplus land for development works, which were planned as per the city’s Master Plan.
Most of the potential vacant land is locked in different pockets, predominantly in villages in the city’s periphery.
A major chunk of this land is facing serious threat of encroachments and illegal constructions. To utilise the land, the administration is working on a development plan which will allow integration of villages in the sectoral plan of the city.
The UT administration had issued a notification and had even clarified that the area outside the aabadi area of 13 recently merged villages would continue to be controlled by the Punjab New Capital (Periphery) Control Act, 1952, as applicable to the union territory of Chandigarh.
The Chandigarh Master Plan-2031 also pointed out that unauthorised constructions had come up on over 250 acres outside the lal dora in UT villages