This edict of Chandigarh was prescribed by Mon Le Corbusier,
the planner of Chandigarh for its citizens to follow in future
The object of this edict is to enlighten the present and
future citizens of Chandigarh about the basic concepts of
planning of the city so that they become its guardians and
save it from whims of individuals. This edict sets out the
following basic ideas underlying the planning of the city.
The city of Chandigarh is planned to human scale. It puts
in touch with the infinite cosmos and nature. It provides
us with places and buildings for all human activities in which
the citizens can live a full and harmonious life. Here the
radiance of nature and heart are within our reach.
The city is composed of sectors. Each sector is ( ½ mile
x ¾ mile) 800 meters x 1200 meters enclosed by roads allocated
to fast mechanized transport and sealed to direct access from
Each sector caters for the daily needs of its inhabitants
which vary from 5000 to 25000 and has a green strip oriented
longitudinally stretching centrally along the sector in the
direction of the mountains. The green strip should stay un-interrupted
of the mountains. The green strip should stay un-interrupted
and accommodate schools, sports, walks and recreational facilities
for the sector.
Vehicular traffic is completely forbidden in the green strips
where tranquility shall reign and the curse of noises shall
The roads of the city are classified into seven categories
known as systems of 7 Vs as below :
- V-1 Fast roads connecting Chandigarh to other towns.
- V-2 Arterial roads.
- V-3 Fast vehicular sector dividing roads.
- V-4 Meandering shopping streets.
- V-5 Sector circulation roads.
- V-6 Access roads to houses.
- V-7 Foot paths and cycle tracks.
Buses will only ply on V-1, V-2, V-3 and V-4 roads. A wall
shall seal the V-3 roads form the sector.
Areas of special Architectural interest.
Certain areas of Chandigarh are of special architectural
interest where harmonized and unified composition of building
is aimed at. Absolute architectural and zoning control should
Along V-2 central (Dual carriage-ways, Madhya Marg and Uttar
Marg where sky-line heights, character and architecture of
buildings as planned shall not be altered.
No building shall be constructed north of the Capitol Complex.
Along V-2 beyond dual carriage way, areas are reserved for
cultural institutions only and shall never have any residential
The central plaza in Sector-17 was designated by Le Corbusier
as “ Pedestrians Paradise”. No vehicular traffic
will be permitted in the plaza.
Only such industries as are powered by electricity would
be permitted in the Industrial Areas so that atmosphere is
saved from pollution.
The lake is a gift of the creators of Chandigarh to the citizens
to be at one with nature, away from the hubbub of city life.
There shall be no commercial exploitation of the lake and
its environment and its tranquility shall be guaranteed by
The landscaping of this city bases on careful observation
of the vegetation of India. Selected ornamental trees, shrubs
and climbers have been planted according of colour schemes
to beautify it. In future planting and replacement, these
principles must be kept in view. There should be no haphazard
replacement so that the avenues retain their harmony and beauty.
The Leisure Valley, the Rajindra Park and other parks shall
be developed as parks only and no building other than already
planned shall be permitted.
No Personal Statue Be Erected
The age of personal statues is gone. No personal statues
shall be erected in the city or parks of Chandigarh. The city
is planned to breathe the new sublimated spirit of art. Commemoration
of persons shall be confined to suitably placed bronze plaques.
Truthfulness of Building Materials to be Maintained.
The truthfulness of materials of constructions, concrete,
bricks and stone shall be maintained in all buildings and
constructed or to be constructed.
seed of Chandigarh is well sown. It is for the citizens
to see that the tree flourishes”.
Mon Le Corbusier