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Adviser reiterates old issues in R-Day speech

UT adviser KK Sharma reiterated many old issues in his Republic Day speech on Saturday. The adviser, in a relatively shorter message, harped upon the efforts being put by the administration for developing Chandigarh as a model solar city.

chandigarh Updated: Jan 28, 2013 14:46 IST
Vinod Kumar

UT adviser KK Sharma reiterated many old issues in his Republic Day speech on Saturday.

The adviser, in a relatively shorter message, harped upon the efforts being put by the administration for developing Chandigarh as a model solar city.

Big solar power plans were an integral part of the adviser's Republic Day speech last year as well.

This year's speech comprised much-publicised construction of rail under bridges at Mauli Jagran, Manimajra and various road infrastructure works being undertaken to remove bottlenecks on city roads and address the traffic congestion problem.

The repetition included emphasis on augmenting the existing capacity and modernising the present infrastructure in the health and power distribution network.

Preserving the heritage of the city, addition of more buses to the existing fleet of Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) for providing quality public transport, continuous support to the municipal corporation with an aim to extend quality civic amenities to the city residents, construction of more schools in southern sectors and periphery areas and police modernisation were some of the other old issues, which made it to the speech of the adviser.

In his address, the adviser laid emphasis on rehabilitation of slum dwellers, a project which has been marred by delays. Out of a total of 12,000 flats constructed, the administration has been able to allot only 2,700 to the beneficiaries.

More than 8,000 families have been deprived of new houses under the scheme as the authorities have failed to set up the sewage treatment plant in Dhanas.

In the past, officials have been reprimanded by UT administrator Shivraj Patil for the delay, who had set March 2013 as the deadline for completing the rehabilitation project.

The speech also had a mention of much-talked-about proposal of the administration to use the limited vacant land available in the city for meeting infrastructural gaps in the health, education and housing sectors.