MC nod to weekly carnival in Sec 17

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Sep 12, 2014 11:36 IST

The finance and contract committee (F&CC) of the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh on Thursday gave the final nod for weekly carnival on Saturdays and Sundays at Sector 17.

The carnival will be held after a gap of seven years, but the committee has decided to shift the venue to newly developed four-acre green belt in Sector 17.

The F&CC members also proposed to put LEDs in various parts of the sector, where social messages will be displayed.

F&CC member Pardeep Chhabra said, “We have decided to hold the carnival at the green belt. The MC will put laser fountains at the site. For LEDs, we will write to the UT chief architect for approval. We want to revive Sector 17 as it is losing its sheen to shopping malls which have come up in the city in the recent past.”

The weekly plaza carnival which was stopped in 2007 was a platform for local artistes to showcase their talent.

The committee also accorded approval for imposing of service tax on paid-parking areas at earlier fixed charges (Rs 5 for four-wheelers (Rs 4.45 charges and Rs 0.55 service tax) and Rs 2 for two-wheelers (Rs 1.78 charges and Rs 0.22 service tax).

The committee approved agenda item regarding permission for parking of two funeral vans of the Punjab State Red Cross branch in the premises of cremation ground, Sector 25.

A committee was also formed to get permission for podium to display gifts etc during the celebrations of 62 years of the City Beautiful and Sector-22 D market.

The meeting was held under the chairmanship of mayor Harphool Chander Kalyan and attended by MC commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh and committee members Anoop Sunny Gill, MP Kohli, Pardeep Chhabra, Saurabh Joshi.

Additional commissioner Sunil Bhatia, secretary Rajiv Gupta, chief engineer Mukesh Anand and other senior officers of the municipal corporation were also present.

Meanwhile, after failing to get bidders for the exhibition ground in Sector 34 for the Diwali mela, the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh will hold the mela on its own from October 14 to 23 for the first time.

The committee formed in this regard will hold a meeting on Friday to finalise the modalities.

More than 100 stalls will be set up and cultural events will be organised during the mela.

Even last year, the MC had failed to receive any bid for the ground and as a result of which the civic body suffered a loss of Rs 15 lakh.

Committee member Anoop Sunny Gill said the reason behind not getting bidders is that the UT administration gave the adjoining ground at lesser amount.

“Now we have decided to conduct the event and allot stall directly to the shopkeepers. We do not know as why the MC waited for so long to take the decision,” he said.

“We will decide how much to charge for stall in the meeting on Friday,” the committee member further said.

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