No vacant land in sight, Chandigarh admn to shelve land pooling coverage

Confronted with paucity of vacant land, the UT administration has all however shelved its plans to formulate a land pooling coverage for Chandigarh villages after engaged on it for practically two years.

As an alternative, the administration is now exploring different choices for village growth.

UT adviser Dharam Pal mentioned, “We’re taking a look at options to land pooling coverage, as there may be not a lot vacant land in Chandigarh. Amongst varied choices, we’re analyzing cluster growth fashions, as adopted in Maharashtra.”

The land pooling coverage was geared toward bringing the event of metropolis’s villages on par with developed sectors, additionally mandated by the Chandigarh Grasp Plan – 2031.

Underneath it, land homeowners have been to pool their land, and the administration was to consolidate it, design the structure and develop the infrastructure. Any land pocket might be developed for brand new residential, industrial or institutional initiatives with unified planning and servicing.

“Value restoration for administration was from the sale of among the plots and the remaining plots might be distributed among the many landowners to develop or promote for growth,” mentioned a UT official.

Underneath cluster growth, now being explored by the administration, homes are constructed nearer collectively on a selected plot of land, moderately than distributed uniformly on huge areas throughout the entire advanced. The additional land is used as an open area for recreation or agriculture.

“Land consolidation will stay a difficulty there additionally. It could additionally contain some form of land pooling,” mentioned the official.

Insufficient vacant land

To formulate a land pooling and aggregation coverage, the administration had even roped within the Indian Institute of Human Settlement (IISH), Bengaluru, and explored the potential for introducing land pooling in a restricted space as a pilot undertaking.

It had additionally studied related insurance policies in different states like Punjab and Haryana. Nonetheless, each states have massive items of contiguous vacant land out there for pooling that Chandigarh villages lack.

Any vacant area out there is both a inexperienced space or a land earmarked for particular initiatives.

The difficulty of haphazard constructions and encroachments in villages additionally plagued the coverage’s formulation.

The constructions, most of that are unlawful, must be demolished for the coverage to have any sensible worth, in keeping with specialists. “It’s politically and administratively not a viable choice, as it can contain displacement of numerous folks,” mentioned the official.

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