Sarangpur village, located on the Chandigarh-Punjab border about 5 km from Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), is once again in the limelight with local Member of Parliament (MP) Kirron Kher aiming to develop it into a model village.
The village, where a film city was once proposed, has now been adopted under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojna of the Central government by the MP, who comes from the tinsel town.
This is not the first time that the village has been picked up for development. The village was in 2005 shortlisted by former UT administrator Gen SF Rodrigues (retd) for introducing mega projects.
Rodrigues planned to make the village a hub of activity by setting up a film city on 30 acres, education city on 130 acres and an amusement-cum-theme park on 73 acres.
As part of the process, village land was acquired at very low prices, which the villagers regret till date. Worse, with the projects soon running into controversies and legal hiccups, they are yet to see the light of the day.
Kher claims she has picked up the village as there is a lot scope for development. She added that with a lot of land available at the village, she planned to set up two schools, an e-sampark centre and community centre there. Beside, a sports stadium is also on the cards.
However, opposition party leaders claim otherwise. They claimed it was the film city project that lured the actor to choosing the village.
Talking to Hindustan Times, village sarpanch Sadhu Singh said, “The big dreams which were shown to us a decade ago are still distant, as no development has taken place. Around 200 acres of fertile land was acquired at throwaway prices, but no mega project has even been initiated yet. We hope the MP will bring about a change in our village.”
He added, “We want the MP to introduce Punjabi as the official language for the village, one of the 13 villages under UT administration. Priority should also be given to improvement in health and education infrastructure.”
Sarangpur already has the Botanical Garden and a base camp of Indian Reserve Batallion (IRB).
Area 673 acres
Literacy rate 73%