The Punjab government, on Thursday, approved the master plans prepared by Jurong Consultants, Singapore, for the local planning area of Kharar and Banur. A decision to this effect was taken at the 17th meeting of the Punjab Regional Town Planning and Development Board under the chairmanship of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal at his office here.
In the Kharar master plan, an agri-recreational zone has been proposed. The area between the ChandigarhLudhiana and Chandigarh-Kurali highways and north of Kharar has been earmarked as an agrirecreational zone. It includes Pokhri, Radyala, Daumajra, Bhagomajra and Khanpur villages. The concept will allow farmers to maintain the predominant agricultural use.
In the Banur master plan, the Town and Country Planning Department had proposed an educational hub along the Chandigarh-Patiala highway.
Already, several educational colleges have come up along the highway. The area around the Kharar-Tepla-Banur road has been marked as an industrial zone. The agricultural zone has been marked as a buffer zone between the industrial and educational zones. The Banur local planning area comprises 31 villages.
The board also discussed objections regarding the master plans of Abohar and Sri Hargobindpur, which were approved at an earlier meeting.
Regarding spot zoning of a particular industrial unit in the residential area identified in the Ludhiana master plan, the Chief Minister said it would not be allowed as per the master plan policy.
However, the board has unanimously approved the amendment in the Ludhiana master plan to identify Pritam Puri area, Sekhewal road, as a hosiery industry area because 95 per cent of the area is covered by hosiery units.
The board has also approved a minor amendment in the Mullanpur master plan to avoid uprooting of about 300 small and big constructions on the Chandigarh-Mullanpur road.
Prominent among those present at the meeting were Local Government and Industry Minister Manoranjan Kalia, PWD Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Housing and Urban Development, Sarwan Singh Philaur, Chief Secretary S.C.
Agrawal, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister D.S. Guru, Financial Commissioner, Rural Development and Panchayats, Jagpal Singh Sandhu, Punjab Infrastructure Development Board MD Dr Sukhbir Singh Sandhu and Chief Town Planner Kuldip Singh Dhaliwal.