Chandigarh:The UT Administration has started constriction of cycle tracks along the roads, but without attaining the necessary no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Municipal Corporation (MC). The tracks are being constructed on the MC land.
The UT is constructing the cycle tracks measuring 60 kilometres in length in all sectors at an approximate cost of Rs 14 crore. The UT has been promoting the cycle concept in the city, especially under the Smart City project.
But the UT, sidelining the jurisdiction issue, has started the construction in violation of the jurisdiction of MC. The cycle tracks are being constructed on the MC land despite the fact that the NOC is required prior to taking possession of the land.
Chief Engineer Mukesh Anand said, “It is the development work for the benefit of residents as well the environment in the city. Such are the inter-departmental issues within the UT’s jurisdiction and does not require any permission.”
However, sources in the MC said that as per the law the NOC is a must prior to starting work on the MC land which the UT has failed to attain. The work has been started without any consent from the MC, said an officer.
When contacted, MC Commissioner Baldeo Purushartha said, “As far as the NOC is concerned, it must be taken but whether the UT has already taken the permission or not is yet to be verified.”
Cyclist, pedestrian-friendly city, says Master Plan 2031
The Chandigarh Master Plan 2031 has laid emphasis on the promotion of a cycling and pedestrian-friendly city. The Smart City concept has also emphasised on cycling tracks for which several suggestions have also been made. It has been proposed to revive V-7 roads as intended for bicycles in the Master Plan of Chandigarh. About 60 km of cycle track network has been proposed across V-2 and V-3 roads. The existing cycle tracks along V-3 roads will be improved and provided proper integration along with zebra crossings near the intersections. A total of 11 longitudinal green belts have been earmarked which are to be developed as green corridors for both pedestrians and cyclists.
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