Chandigarh Master Plan 2031-Map & Highlights


Draft Chandigarh Master Plan 2031 – Land Use Map


Chandigarh Master Plan 2031 – PDF Map

Highlights – Chandigarh Master Plan 2031 (Draft)


Chandigarh is a city and a union territory in the northern part of India that serves as the capital of the states of Punjab and Haryana. As a union territory, the city is ruled directly by the Union Government of India and is not part of either state. The city of Chandigarh was the first planned city in India post-independence in 1947 and is known internationally for its architecture and urban design.  The master plan of the city was prepared by Le Corbusier, transformed from an earlier plan by the American planner Albert Mayer. Le Corbusier designed an iconic city, fulfilling not just a utopian agenda, but reflecting concepts of ‘modernism’ movement that arose in Europe but took root here too.

The original plan was divided into a grid of 30 sectors with the Capitol Complex as well as the Civic Centre as its focal points. Sector 17 was designed as the Central Business District and a greenbelt at the centre ran north east to south west. Wide roads planned in a systematic hierarchy provide structure to the city which has well planned facilities. Landscaped green avenues give it amenity value.



  • 1966 -Reorganisation of the State of Punjab into States of Haryana & Punjab with Chandigarh functioning as the State Capital of both. Creation of the Union Territory of Chandigarh in 70 sq km as Capital City and 26 adjoining villages in 44 sq km. Out of the 1315 sq km extended periphery, 1021 sq km of the Periphery Control Area went to Punjab, 295 sq km to Haryana with remaining area of 114 sq km forming the UT with the Capital City for all its present and future needs. Out of this defined new periphery it was clear that Chandigarh got just 3% land of the original periphery.
  • Post 1966 – Establishment of Mohali township of Punjab in periphery covering 5500 acres and, Panchkula township of Haryana covering 5000 acres. Townships in the periphery emerged as a result of development pressures observed in the form of unregulated growth.
  • 1977 – Preparation of the Regional Plan for Chandigarh’s immediate region. Called the ‘Chandigarh Urban Complex’ (CUC) Plan covering 330 sq km, it comprised of Chandigarh Union Territory (UT), parts of Mohali and its adjoining 27 villages and parts of Panchkula and 23 villages. The CUC Plan was approved by the Co ordination Committee. The area of this plan was entirely within the originally conceptualized 8km radius periphery control belt. The CUC Plan declared the area north of the Capitol Complex as ‘No Development Zone’.
  • 2008-Notification of the ‘GMADA REGIONAL PLAN 2056’ by Punjab covering 1021 sq km , creating 7 Integrated Economic Hubs consisting of a huge agglomeration in absolute continuity to the  Chandigarh  UT  and  containing  major  drivers  of economic  growth . The area  north  of Chandigarh and abutting the Capitol Complex  created by Le Corbusier and consisting of the village settlements Naya Gaon & Kansal has also been notified as a Nagar Panchayat by the Punjab Government under whose jurisdiction the land falls.
  • In a similar manner, the Haryana Government has planned 5 settlements, (Refer Map 12). Of these, Panchkula and the ‘Panchkula Extension-1’  across  river  Ghaggar  stand  fully developed; Panchkula Extension- 2, Shree Mata Mansa Devi Complex comprising of 1550 acres, close to Sukhna Lake and Kalka-Pinjore Urban Complex are under development.

The reorganization of states and further developments around it impose constraints on the growth of Chandigarh city. The proposed Chandigarh Master Plan 2031 respects its historical legacy and optimises on its constraints of land. The plan is an attempt to redeem an efficient circulation network and extensive lung space as well as the scenic backdrop of the Shivalik Hills against which lies the dramatic Capitol Complex given its due place of pride. The plan provides a useful base for regulating development and building activity in the entire UT of Chandigarh. Thus the reference area for planning constitutes 144 sq km which includes the 60 sectors in the sectoral grid as well as the periphery areas outside it.


During the last 6 decades (1951-2011), Chandigarh has witnessed a population increase of more than forty four times with the absolute population increasing from 24,261 in 1951 to 10,54,686 in 2011.


Total PopulationDecadal Absolute Variation of PopulationDecadal  Growth Rate (in%)














Source – Census of India

The growth rate of merely 17.10% between 2001-2011 is the slowest since its inception. This is perhaps due to the rapid pace of urbanization taking place in the neighbouring towns of Mohali, Panchkula, Zirakpur, Kalka, Kharar, etc. falling within the 16 km periphery control area.

The population density during the last 5 decades (1961-2011) has increased 9 fold, from 1051 to 9252 persons per sq. km. Chandigarh shall continue to record higher densities with further population growth, which poses a challenge for maintaining the quality of life and providing basic & essential services even to its poorest residents as visioned by the city’s planners.


Sr. No.



Arithmetic Progression105468612416471428608


Geometric Progression105468614746942061962
3Incremental Increase10546861272457








Taking various population projections as above into account, it will be realistic to assume that Chandigarh U.T will have a population of 13.5-14.5 lakhs by the year 2021 & 15-16 lakhs by the year 2031. Population for the Chandigarh U.T has also been projected based on the holding capacity of the area. The total holding capacity of the U.T of Chandigarh has been worked out as 15.52 lakhs. While it may not be possible to make an accurate forecast, the expectation is that the UT’s population will range between 15-16 lakhs, by 2031 for which the provision of necessary infrastructure should be planned.

Additional population will have to be diverted to the adjoining settlements by viewing the entire context of planning in the regional framework.

Land Use

Existing Land Use

Landuse for the city of Chandigarh was defined by the Plan prepared by Le Corbusier, based on the CIAM (Congress International de Architecture Modern) principles of the Functional City which focused on segregation of four major functions i.e. Living (the residential sectors), Working (the Capitol Complex, commercial /institutional buildings along Madhya Marg, Jan Marg, City Centre ), Care of Body and Spirit (the Leisure Valley, open spaces and sector greens) and Circulation (the network of roads, the 7Vs).

The total area proposed to be covered in the Chandigarh Master Plan 2031 is the entire area of 28169.61 acres comprising of Chandigarh Union Territory .The area includes both the area falling under the Phase I ,Phase II and Phase III sectors besides the area under the periphery. Considering the pattern of development followed in Chandigarh, the Existing LandUse Plan is being detailed out in two parts. Part I comprises of planned development included in the original plan (Phase I & II) and the subsequent developments made as part of the extended sectoral grid (Phase III ). The remaining landuse of the area falling in the periphery is being detailed out separately keeping in view the nature and context of development.

The details of areas falling under different phases and periphery are as under:



Phase I

1 TO 30 *9398.8333.37

Phase II

31 TO 47**5158.7618.31
Phase III48 TO 56




Remaining area of periphery11741.88


Grand total


*Includes the area of Industrial Area Phase I, Sukhna Lake, Golf Range.

**Includes the area under Industrial Phase II .

Proposed Land Use

Based on detailed studies, in depth analysis and looking at the future growth and development of Chandigarh, proposed Landuse Plan for the Chandigarh Union Territory has been evolved. While evolving this landuse plan, care has been taken to preserve the sectors which have already been planned and the landuses which have already been defined in the planning of the sectors.

Accordingly, no change is proposed in the landuse already defined in the sectors falling in Phase I, Phase II and Phase III. However, while retaining the broad landuses, the Chandigarh Master Plan 2031 proposes that in order to meet the requirements of basic infrastructure/amenities due to increase in population or any other contingency, the mechanism of redensification may be adopted.

Out of the total land of 11,742 acres in the periphery, 3082 acres is vacant land which is considered for development. The proposed development in the periphery has been defined in 17 distinct pockets having a total area of 3082 acres.


UseArea (acres)





4Industrial / IT Parks



Public/ Semi-Public454.982



8Public Utilities










RITES has proposed an integrated multi-modal mass transport system consisting of metro rail, BRT, commuter rail system and normal city bus system for the Chandigarh Urban Complex and its linkages to nearby towns to meet the anticipated commuter travel needs.

Within Chandigarh Urban Complex

  • Mass Transport System
    • Metro System – 64.3 kms
    • Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) System – 144.2 kms
  • City Bus System
  • Augmentation of Bus Fleet
  • Bus Terminals
  • Bus Shelters
  • Additional Depots
  • Inter-city Bus Terminal
  • Road Infrastructure
  • Parking Facilities
  • Inter-modal Interchanges
  • Integrated Freight Complexes

Outside Chandigarh Urban Complex

  • Road Infrastructure
  • Bypasses
  • Road widening
  • Commuter Rail System
  • Bus Rapid Transit System


Ref: Chandigarh Administration

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  1. What is Floor Area Ratio/ Floor Surface Index in land use in Development of Master Plan 2031 of Chandigarh (Transport Sector) ?

    Pl. reply.



    • Hi V.K.Pandey

      Floor Area Ratio or Floor Space Index is the ratio of a Building’s Total Floor Area and total area of the plot on which it is built. FAR can be different for different areas of a city. It is determined by the city infrastructure that can support the population in an area. If the FAR/ FSI is increased without proper planning, it may put additional burden on city infrastructure.
      Hope it helps.

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