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District planning body defunct as chief sings, shoots

chandigarh Updated: Apr 04, 2013 01:32 IST
Shailee Dogra
Shailee Dogra
Hindustan Times
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The district planning committee has become defunct as its chairman, renowned Punjabi singer and actor Harbhajan Mann, has not been visiting the office since Diwali.

Mann was appointed chairman last May. Even as the singer is about to complete his one-year term as the chairman, majority of the proposed projects are still awaiting to see the light of the day.

Man has been busy with his professional commitments. Even now he is busy in a film shoot.

Sources in the office revealed that files are sent to his house to get his signatures. No developmental work has been undertaken by the committee due to his absence.

Deputy CM Sukhbir Badal, who had visited SAS Nagar to install Mann as the new chairman of the district planning committee in May 2012, had said, "SAD-BJP has chosen Mann owing to his ability, vision and international exposure to take the development of SAS Nagar to a higher orbit." But Mann has failed to deliver on these promises.

Mann, the son-in-law of former cabinet minister Balwant Singh Ramoowalia, was appointed as chairman after he had played an important role in bringing together the local Akali leadership despite simmering discontent after Ramoowalia was announced as the candidate from SAS Nagar for the assembly elections.

Mann had proposed to come up with an international-level exhibition centre, besides a convention centre to give a promotional platform to IT companies setting up their units here. Mann had also proposed to set up a world-class auditorium to promote SAS Nagar as a cultural hub. But these projects have remained in plan papers only.

Meanwhile, Balwant Singh Ramoowalia said, “Harbhajan Mann is occupied with the shooting of his upcoming film and was abroad for sometime in this connection. His movie would wrap up in about 15 days and he would be back in office by the last week of April. He is also committed towards promoting the Punjabi culture through his songs and movies.”

All attempts to contact Mann failed as he did not take any calls.

Hanging fire
Mann had proposed to turn SAS Nagar into a cultural hub and planned an open-air theatre in Sector 62, SAS Nagar, to host international events but the project failed to take off.
· In the wake of the absence of public transport, he had proposed to launch a local bus service in SAS Nagar, but nothing came out of it.
· To promote sports infrastructure, especially for children, Mann had proposed to set up local academies.
· He had even planed to promote libraries in the town by establishing one in each phase.