‘No going back to Mumbai now’

  • Monica Sharma, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 04, 2014 09:10 IST

In her first interview with mediapersons after being elected as the member of Parliament (MP), Kirron Kher — who is riding high on the success of her latest movie, Punjab 1984 — says she hasn’t seen it yet.

Planning to shift base to the city in August, she is currently looking for a rented accommodation and says, “No going back to Mumbai now.” The MP talks about her plans to make Chandigarh culturally rich, setting up a film city and skilled centres to provide job opportunities, and shares the pros and cons of introducing a metro and reviving the system of having a chief commissioner for UT.

What troubles the city most?

Different bylaws, residents facing housing problems caught up in red-tape and ancient laws, besides various employee issues, ail the city. The residents are burdened under different types of fines due to implementation of various bylaws which need to be addressed immediately.

How can the city get a more efficient bureaucracy?

A strong Centre results in strong bureaucracy. When the government at the Centre is strong and seeks performance, the bureaucracy also gets stronger as the message goes down the line.

Is the administration taking your suggestions seriously on the master plan? They have decided to finalise it within eight days.

I have given my suggestions and am sure that they will be looked into. And if they don’t take it seriously, I will see what I can do.

Why are you not in support of getting a metro in Chandigarh?

Metro might not be financially viable for the city. A monorail or air- conditioned buses can be an alternative to improve the public transport system. The project is being minutely studied, and if it is not viable financially, we must think of an alternative.

Are you planning to revive the the system of having a chief commissioner for UT?

We are studying the pros and cons of it. If it is a proactive post which brings everything under the control of an efficient person, then it’s not a bad option.

As an MP, which project do you wish to get for the city?

My first and foremost wish is to get skilled development centres in Chandigarh so that numerous jobs are generated. I am also working towards giving relief to residents and traders who get notices every other day.

Is the present UT administrator Shivraj Patil accessible and cooperative?

He has so far been positive and there is no rift on any issue. The administration officials are also cooperative and doing the task they have been entrusted with.

Coming from a theatre background, how do you intend to make the city culturally rich?

I want to get a film city, but acquiring land here is a huge problem. There is no land available here. Property rates are touching the sky and almost at par with those in Mumbai. The city needs to be promoted as a tourism hub and an open-air theatre can also be planned.

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