Punjab goes for New Chandigarh with 200 ft wide roads

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New Delhi, May 30: Le Corbusier's baby will have a sibling. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has given green signal to rename Mullanpur area as ‘New Chandigarh' and it will be developed as a city for the modern times.

Mullanpur township adjoins Chandigarh - the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana, and it was planned and erected by in 1950s by French architect and urban planner Le Corbusier.

A decision to build 'New Chandigarh' was taken yesterday in Chandigarh at the 26th meeting of the Punjab Regional & Town Planning & Development Board.

The Punjab chief minister while reviewing the working of the various development authorities of the state said that Mullanpur township should be developed as model city equipped with the infrastructure and the ultra modern facilities of international standards.

The township would be developed on the pattern similar to that of Chandigarh so that it could emerge as a major tourist and investment destination in the country. Badal wanted meticulous planning and completion in a time bound and effective manner.

The New Chandigarh will have a Medicity and a Educity. 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.

Sukhbir Singh Badal directed the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority to amend the master plan of New Chandigarh to ensure integrated and planned development of this modern township in a holistic manner. He 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.

He 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.

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