Unfurling the national flag during the Republic Day celebrations on Monday at the Parade Ground in Sector 17, UT adviser Vijay Dev exhorted the local residents to make the city progressive, adding that it would be the administration’s endeavour to get Chandigarh in the Centre’s list for developing smart cities.
Not much to offer to the city residents, the adviser, who joined less than a month ago, merely listed the old achievements and did not have major new projects to announce.
He said as a smart city Chandigarh will be able to avail technology-based facilities such as grievances reddressal, distribution and payment of utility bills, he said. GPS-based facilities will be included along with basic facilities such as round-the-clock electricity and water besides solving the problem of increasing traffic, he added.
He talked about the recent issue of school students hiring goons. He said last week’s newspaper reports about some college-going students involved in alleged “protection money racket” were startling. The adviser said Chandigarh would finally get the multi-level parking functional in Sector 17 from May. He said another multi-level parking would come up next to the district courts in Sector 43.
He said since Chandigarh is a well-planned city, it becomes the joint responsibility of the administration and citizens to maintain it well. “I wish to make Chandigarh an example of progress and modernisation during my tenure. The co-operation of residents is needed for this.”
He said the safety of women in the city is of prime importance. Efforts should be made so that women could move around the city fearlessly and steps would be initiated to introduce more hostel and boarding facilities for girl students who come here to pursue education, he said. Students from various schools presented cultural items and awardees were also handed over certificates. City MP Kirron Kher, UT deputy commissioner Mohammed Shayin and others were also present.
The administration has also been appreciated for tackling the recent bird flu scare at Sukhna Lake. The Chandigarh administration has introduced one-time incentive of `1 lakh to those cadets belonging to the Chandigarh administration who join the Indian armed forces, he added. The administration has provided 13% reservation to ex-servicemen in direct recruitment, he informed.
Pollutants high in air
Referring to air pollution, the adviser said as per the data available, the quantity of respirable suspended particulate matter (RSPM) is more than the acceptable limit. The administration is in favour of implementing a policy to bring the RSPM level down. Inhaling of RSPM in air is said to lead to pulmonary diseases considered as harmful.
Seven new government schools and 106 additional classrooms are under construction and likely to be completed during the current financial year, the adviser said. Moreover, eight new schools, 274 additional classes and 128 toilet blocks in 44 government schools have also been planned soon, he said.
Tricolour hoisted at Burail Jail
The Burail Jail staff and the CRPF contingent posted at the prison hoisted the national flag on the 66th Republic Day. A guard of honour was presented to IG (prison) AS Cheema. Cheema said the jail administration is also committed to the welfare of inmates and 286 prisoners were granted remission for good conduct in 2014.
North West Frontier marks Republic Day
The North West Frontier, ITBP, celebrated the Republic Day on Monday. Arvind Kumar, IG North West Frontier, who was the chief guest on the occasion, hoisted the flag. “Keeping in view the challenges, we have to be more vigilant in carrying out our duties.
CAT celebrates R-Day
The Central Administrative Tribunal, Chandigarh bench, celebrated the Republic Day in Sector 17. Sanjeev Kaushik, judicial member, unfurled the flag. Former judges of Punjab and Haryana high court, officer-bearers and members of CAT bar association participated in the celebrations.
certificates given to MC staff
The municipal corporation honoured its employees with commendation certificates during the Republic Day celebrations in Sector 17. Mayor Poonam Sharma, MC commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh gave away certificates to 24 employees under various categories.