Punjab govt renames Mullanpur as New Chandigarh

Chandigarh/May 29
Punjab government on Wednesday renamed Local Planning Area (LPA) Mullanpur as New Chandigarh and directed the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) to develop it as a world class planned city on modern lines.
Punjab’s Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today approved the proposal to rename the Mullanpur as New Chandigarh after the 26th meeting of the Punjab Regional and Town Planning and Development Board.
Badal also reviewed the working of the various development authorities of the state and said that Mullanpur township located near Chandigarh will be developed as model city equipped with the infrastructure and the ultra modern facilities of international standards.
“Sincere efforts should be made to develop this township on the pattern similar to that of Chandigarh so that it could emerge as a major tourist and investment destination in the country,” Badal said while asking officials to ensure that the planning of the city was done meticulously after thorough and diligent study so that the work on this ambitious project was completed in a time bound and effective manner.
Badal also gave nod to constitute a high level committee under the Chairmanship of Advisor Health and Medical Education KK Talwar comprising Secretary Health, Secretary Housing and Development and representatives of Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) and Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) to chalk out a comprehensive plan for the development of Medicity in Mullanpur.
It may be recalled that the state-of-the-art Cancer institute on the pattern of Tata Memorial Cancer Hospital is already coming up at Medicity over an area of 50 acre.
Badal also gave nod for constituting 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 1700 acre. Further, the state government also gave go ahead to enhance the width of sectoral grid roads from 100 to 200 feet in the master plan of the New Chandigarh.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal said that the top players from across the country should be roped in for developing the Medicity and Educity so that the state could emerge as a hub of the Health and Education and asked the Local Govt. department to adhere to the prescribed norms and bye laws.
Sukhbir asked all the development authorities to ensure that every building constructed on the 100 and 200 meters wide mix used corridors must have 2.5 and 5 meters of land reserved in its front for the green belt.
He also gave green signal for the construction of Amphitheatre having seating capacity of 3000 persons in the Nature Park Sector 62 Mohali spread over 50 acre where theatre performance and drama shows would be held besides conducting cultural programs, live stage performances and concerts.