Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann on Monday gave a go-ahead for setting up an “ultra-modern” new township in Mohali.
The decision was taken in a meeting with officials of the urban development department. Mann said there is a need for a township to provide affordable housing facilities to people in the Tricity.
He asked officers of the urban development department and the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (Gmada) to conceptualise and come up with a concrete proposal.
At the meeting, Mann laid thrust on developing this township on ultra-modern lines so that it can emerge as a hub of information and technology along with that of higher education. Likewise, he said a part of the township should also be developed as an industrial township so that captains of industry from across the country can be invited to invest here.
The chief minister said the proposed township would be equipped with world-class facilities to ensure people can live comfortably with safety measures like firefighting.
Mann said Mohali had good road, air and rail connectivity so this proposed township in its vicinity has a huge potential of growth. He also asked the officers to explore the feasibility of shifting the upcoming medical college at Mohali on a new stretch of land.
Recently, the GMADA had finalised its seventh independent township, ‘Aerotropolis’, spread over 1,653 acres of land, as an extension of its Aerocity. It will comprise both residential and commercial spaces. Situated in the vicinity of the Chandigarh international airport, it will come up on both sides of the Zirakpur-Banur road. A Delhi-based architecture studio has been hired to develop the project.
“There are several private residential projects too in the area, but the prices have continued to be high despite the lockdown due to proximity to Chandigarh. It will be a big benefit for people of the area if the state government focuses on affordable housing while developing its new township. Having a higher number of smaller plots would be welcome,” said Amarjit, a property consultant in Mohali.