If everything goes as per the ‘wish’ of the UT adviser and plan of the municipal corporation, Chandigarh, will get a 70-foot subway in Sector 33, underneath the road near the Terraced Garden.
It is another matter that the proposal is not in tune with the Chandigarh Master Plan and is yet to get the approval of the UT chief architect.
The Chandigarh municipal corporation went in an overdrive to give shape to the subway after getting only a verbal direction from UT adviser Vijay Dev.
The adviser, who visited the Sector 33 in March, was requested by the residents to construct a pedestrian subway joining pockets A and B with C and D in Sector 33, so that they don’t have to cross the road dividing the sector next to the Terraced Garden. The adviser then directed the MC to construct the subway.
Within days, the MC authorities placed the proposal on the agenda for the house meeting scheduled for April 29. The councillors raised the issue that why this proposal was being pushed when it was not even approved by the chief architect.
Nominated councillor Surinder Bahga questioned when there was no provision for subways in the Chandigarh Master Plan, then why was the civic body pushing for the same? “The proposal was introduced in the April 29 meeting by placing on record only a rough drawing prepared by a private company,” he said.
MC commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh admitted in the House that the civic body didn’t have any approval for the proposal from the UT administration. “But verbally we have discussed the issue with them,” he had said.
MC chief engineer Mukesh Anand admitted that there was no policy for constructing subway “but we are constructing it on the demand of the residents”. “A number of accidents occur when residents cross the road to reach the Terraced Garden. We already have a subway in Japanese Garden in Sector 31,” he said.