Even though the Chandigarh police have decided to halt traffic during the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit on Saturday in a 'relay' manner, the rehearsal on Friday did put the commuters to inconvenience.
The police have decided to halt the traffic in a phased manner during the stay of the Prime Minister, who will be in the city between 10am and 3pm. The move is significant as earlier the police used to simultaneously halt the traffic on the entire route of the Prime Minister's cavalcade.
In the wake of the PM's stay in the city on Saturday, the police authorities have urged the city residents to avoid taking a few roads - especially the one leading to the PGIMER main gate, from airport to Tribune chowk, Sukhna Lake to chief minister's residence, and PGIMER to Dhanas.
The police have urged the residents to avoid main gate of PGIMER between 10 am and 1pm and instead enter the institute from the new OPD gate near Sector 11.
(Policemen on duty ahead of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit, at Dhanas in
Chandigarh. Gurpreet Singh/HT)
The police are going to block the traffic adopting 'relay' method to avoid inconvenience to commuters. During the rehearsal on Friday, the commuters were left stranded on the roads for at least 30 minutes. During the rehearsal, traffic was halted at Tribune chowk; besides roads leading to industrial area, sector 26, sector 11 and Dhanas for about half an hour. The cops completed the rehearsal by allowing two ambulances on the said roads.
Meanwhile, Dhanas has been converted into a virtual fortress and elaborate security arrangements have been put in place for the visit. About 3,500 cops have been deployed across the city. Traffic cops have been posted at all the major intersections. Strict checking is being done on the entry and exit roads across the city.
10 am: Prime Minister to reach at Chandigarh airport
10.45 am: Cavalcade to reach Dhanas
12 noon: Prime Minister to leave for Punjab Raj Bhawan from Dhanas.
2:30pm: Prime Minister is expected to leave Raj Bhawan for Chandigarh airport
3pm: Prime Minister flies back to Delhi.
Routes to be avoided:
Roads leading to PGIMER from sectors 14-15 and Madhya Marg.
Chandigarh Airport to Tribune chowk
Sector 26 and Transport Chowk.
Roads leading to Punjab Raj Bhawan.
Sukhna Lake to chief minister's residence.
PGIMER to Dhanas.
10 couples to receive keys from PM
The stage is set for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to city and his handing over keys of flats to slum-dwellers at the Housing Complex in Dhanas, Chandigarh.
Under the slum rehabilitation scheme of the UT administration, each flat is being allotted jointly in the name of husband and wife as a measure to empower women.
Of the 6,110 families of colony number 5, who would eventually be re-located to one-room flats in Dhanas under the slum rehabilitation scheme, only 10 will receive the keys from the Prime Minister.
Nominated councillor accuses admn of violation of building bylaws
City-based architect and nominated councillor Surinder Bagha has accused the UT administration of building bylaw violations by setting up a junior wing of a school in flats at Dhanas.
"It's strange that Government Senior Secondary School, Dhanas, has opened its junior wing by clubbing 32 apartments. Setting up junior wing of school in a flat having an area of 100 square feet is against the CBSE norms," said Bagha.
He said that as per a RTI reply from the regional office of CBSE at Panchkula, the school in Dhanas is not affiliated to board. "As per the RTI reply, the school in question is not affiliated with the board," Bagha said.