Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - Estates - - ESTATES - ZONES: CON­NEC­TIV­ITY: GREEN AR­EAS: Photo : Mu­niesh­wer. A. Sa­gar

Panchkula Ex­ten­sion II, com­pris­ing Kalka and Pin­jore, is yet to emerge as an at­trac­tive hous­ing op­tion in the Chandi­garh tricity area.

At present, it is known as the Pin­jore-Kalka Ur­ban Area (PKUC), still in its ini­tial stages of planned de­vel­op­ment. Only old Pin­jore and Kalka towns have high habi­ta­tion and are ex­pand­ing out­side mu­nic­i­pal lim­its. But these ar­eas are wit­ness­ing hap­haz­ard growth. The planned de­vel­op­ment of the sec­tors around these towns and near Panchkula is yet to take off.

Ac­cord­ing to the 2011 cen­sus, the pop­u­la­tion of the ur­ban com­plex was around 1.2 lakh. This is ex­pected to The state gov­ern­ment has planned for 4777.32 hectares in the Pin­joreKalka Ur­ban com­plex.

The ur­ban com­plex (31 sec­tors) has dif­fer­ent zones such as in­dus­trial (599 hectares), com­mer­cial (243 hectares), res­i­den­tial (1100.13 hectares) and a spe­cial eco­nomic zone. The res­i­den­tial sec­tors are in the area on both sides of NH-22 be­tween Pin­jore and Kalka, ad­join­ing HMT Colony and Am­ra­vati En­clave. Com­mer­cial belts will be de­vel­oped along the 60m road link­ing Nala­garh Road and Kalka town. The area be­tween Kaushalya river and NH-22 near Su­ra­jpur is also pro­posed to be de­vel­oped as Com­mer­cial sec­tors 1 and 6. Sec­tor 22 has been pro­posed as the city cen­tre and Sec­tor 31 as a district cen­tre.

For im­prov­ing con­nec­tiv­ity and smooth flow of traf­fic through the Pin­jore-Kalka ur­ban com­plex, a 100m-ring road is pro­posed in the plan. The road will start at Su­ra­jpur and meet the Pin­jore-Nala­garh road near the Civil Avi­a­tion Club. Also, the de­vel­op­ment plan in­cludes a pro­posal of 60m wide by­pass for Pin­jore-Kalka town.

The de­vel­op­ment plan says, “Yad­vin­dra Gar­den is the only park fa­mous in the sur­round­ing re­gion oth­er­wise both towns lack or­gan­ised open spa­ces on NH-22 and 21-A. Sim­i­larly, the 100m green belt is pro­posed along the by­pass. The area along Jha­jjra Nadi has been pro­posed as Leisure Val­ley. Other low-ly­ing ar­eas along rivulets will be de­vel­oped as recre­ational spa­ces. Parks will be de­vel­oped in each res­i­den­tial sec­tor at ap­pro­pri­ate places on the ac­qui­si­tion of land by fol­low­ing the neigh­bor­hood con­cept of sec­tor plan­ning. A sta­dium is pro­posed along Jha­jjra Nadi that will be ac­ces­si­ble from NH-22. 1295.41 hectares has been pro­posed for parks and recre­ational use.”

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