Chamba Master Plan 2021 has been created for Chamba. Chamba town situated between latitude 32° 10’ N to 33° 13’ N and longitude 75° 45’ East to 77° 33’ East at an altitude of about 1000 meters from mean sea level. It lies on series of plateaus on right bank of the River Ravi, valley between the Dhauladhar, Zanskar ranges from south of the inner Himalayas. It is well connected with Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir and adjoining district Kangra by all weather roads. It is at a distance of 436 kilometers from Shimla, the state capital and at a distance of 122 kilometers from the Pathankot which is the nearest city as well as railway station and nearest airport is Kangra at a distance of 125 kilometers.
Vision of Chamba Master Plan 2021
Taking into consideration the planning needs and physical growth trends of the town, government of Himachal Pradesh vide notification no. PW (B&R) (B) 28 (32)/86 dated 1/1/1988 Himachal Pradesh Town and Country Planning Act, 1977 (Act No. 12 of 1977) was extended to Chamba Planning Area. Later on, the H.P. Government decided to reduce the limits of planning area and accordingly revised planning area was constituted vide notification no. TCP-F (5)-6/96 Dated 11.12.97 which was again revised vide notification no. TCP-F (5)-1/2002 dated Shimla-2, 16/05/202. The development blocks dependent to varying percentage of Chamba Planning area are Chamba and Mehla block. It has been observed that about 100% population of Chamba block and 70% of Mehla block is dependent for higher level facilities on Chamba Planning area.
Objective of Chamba Master Plan 2021
The population of Chamba Planning area increased from 19242 persons in 1991 to 25311 in 2001, recording a decadal growth rate of 31.54 %. It is anticipated that population of planning area at the rate of 32 % is likely to increase to 33411 and 44103 by the years of 2011 and 2021 respectively. It comprises of 78.55 Hectares area, which works out to be 8.29 % of the planning area and 55.40 % of urban area. The residential areas are generally two to three storyed houses. The housing area can be divided into two distinct areas as core built up areas which are Main Town around Chowgan in form of Mohallas, upper and lower Julakari, Sultanpur and Obri areas across the Shitla Bridge. The commercial use consists of 2.98 hectares, 2.1 % of urban area and 0.32 % of the Planning area.