The population of Chandigarh has increased manifold. Till date, there is no Comprehensive Housing Policy for the city. Because of this, the housing and parking facilities available in Chandigarh have been rendered totally inadequate. Housing infrastructure has not kept pace with the city’s increasing requirements.
On coming to power in the Centre, my party would allow construction of One Additional Floor in all Residential as well as Commercial Structures, including Industrial Units, Bay-shops and Booths, in Chandigarh.
We would draw up a 10-year Plan for the growth of the city. Proper guidelines would be framed by an Expert Committee to ensure that safety and other requirements are met.
I would also like to assure you the provision of an additional floor would neither disturb the character of the city nor endanger its basic structure, as planned by Le Corbusier.
Our City has enough resilience to take such changes.
There are already several buildings in various sectors of the city – including those raised by Chandigarh Housing Board – which already have four storeys. Chandigarh Administration has also allowed an additional floor in the settlement colonies but in the absence of a Housing Policy, decisions in an ad-hoc manner cannot achieve the desired results.
We would also address the requirement of Parking Space for the present as well as the anticipated additional population of the city. Multi-storeyed and Underground parking facilities will be created for this purpose in each locality and market, after a proper study.
Parking is already a big problem in our city. That is why our emphasis is on framing a Comprehensive Housing Policy, which would address the issue of the Additional floor in residential and commercial structures as well as the provision of parking facilities – multi storey or underground – where possible.
I look forward to your views, suggestions and ideas for the Comprehensive Housing Policy.
Satya Pal Jain