How UT administration messed up PM Modi’s first visit to Chandigarh

  • Monica Sharma, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Sep 13, 2015 21:45 IST

The Chandigarh administration was left redfaced after a series of goof-ups during the maiden visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the city. The PM’s four-hour stay was marred by chaos with residents remaining at the receiving end.

The overzealous administration messed-up the things with all schools remaining closed, cremation ground out of bounds for residents, traffic snarls, rounding up of Congress leaders and sanitation going for a toss. The administration was left embarrassed as the PM ordered an inquiry into the closure of schools and expressed regret over inconvenience caused to city residents. By Friday evening, the Union home secretary sent a communication to UT administration seeking explanation as to why the schools were closed and why the cremation ground in Sector 25 was kept out of bounds for the city residents.

Who ordered closure of schools?

The UT administration ordered the closure of schools even though the mid-term examinations of students were on. The schools were ordered to be closed through an official order released by the UT administration, which was signed by UT education secretary Saravjit Singh. The decision to close the schools was also confirmed by UT adviser Vijay Dev.,ouiyoluk;'.jpg

School buses used to ferry BJP workers, policemen

A visit to the Sector 25 rally ground revealed that school buses were being rampantly used to ferry the BJP supporters and workers to the rally. Even the UT police PCR vehicles were used to ferry BJP supporters to the rally venue.

The cops reached the Sector 35 Congress Bhawan in a school bus of a prominent missionary school of the city.

Even the dead were also made to wait for their last rites. People could not reach the Sector 25 cremation ground as the roads were blocked.

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