Lack of coordination between UT, MC leaves new park in shambles

  • Hillary Victor, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 13, 2015 11:32 IST

The poor coordination between the UT administration and Chandigarh municipal corporation (MC) has come to the fore after the UT staff dug up the newly inaugurated Joggers Park in Sector 15 without consulting the civic body, which maintains greenbelts and parks.

The park, constructed at a cost of Rs 35 lakh, was inaugurated on March 23 by member parliament Kirron Kher. In her speech during the inauguration, Kher had said: “Our city is an example of perfection for the whole country and if we keep growing and maintaining like this, soon, we will be an example for the whole world.”

However, in their bid to locate manholes for removing blockage in a sewer laid under the park, the UT staff ended up destroying the park. They employed JCB machines for the purpose.

The MC officials, meanwhile, were not even aware that the digging work was on for the past seven days.

UT public health department executive engineer Ami Chand, said the chocked sewer was affecting the entire basement of the Government Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16.

“As far as informing the MC about the work is concerned, I had a discussion with the MC public health executive engineer and did not take up the matter with the horticulture department of the civic body,” he said.

On other hand, MC executive engineer SP Singh, who is in charge of greenbelts and parks, said: “We got to know about the digging work on Tuesday. The UT administration did not inform us about it.”

Dr Vibhor Jain, a Sector-15 resident, said last year, too, the same problem occurred in the same park and the UT administration did not raise the level of manholes up to the ground level, so as to avoid digging for locating the manholes.

“Even now they have not raised the level of manholes and will end up digging the park again, wasting public money,” he said. Another resident, Ravinder Kumar, said that had there been coordination between the two authorities, the park would not have been destroyed, saving the public money.

The park stretches from the Sector 15/16 light point to the Sector 10/11/15/16 roundabout over an area of three acres.

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