UT to revive projects lying pending for over a decade

  • Monica Sharma, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 04, 2015 13:14 IST

The UT administration has decided to revive the projects that are lying pending for the past over 10 years. The projects, even after getting a go ahead from the ministry of home affairs, could not take off till date.

The projects that are expected to be revived include Beant Singh Memorial in Sector 42, Paryatan Bhawan in Sector 17 and Nehru Centre for Performing Arts in Sector 34.

UT home secretary Anurag Agarwal on Tuesday said these projects languishing for more than a decade would be taken up now. “We are preparing a detailed report of the pending projects, and efforts will be made to finish them in stipulated time,”he said.

The Beant Singh Memorial Centre is a tribute to former chief minister of Punjab, Beant Singh, who was killed in a terrorist attack in 1995. The centre will come up with a library, a Samadhi, an open air theatre and a media centre.

The UT and the Punjab government in 1996 had planned to convert the memorial into a convention centre for cultural activities.

Additional 8 acres of the land was also acquired to construct the centre. The memorial lying neglected for all these years is expected to gain momentum with the UT trying to revive it.

Besides this, the UT has also decided to construct Paryatan Bhawan as one of the iconic buildings in Sector 17.
Though it was planned about ten years ago and the urban planning department had begun work on its architecture, the project was held up then. The Paryatan Bhawan near the RBI office in Sector 17 was supposed be a one-stop facility for tourists.

The North India Tourist Centre or Paryatan Bhawan was being set up with an aim to convert Chandigarh into a gateway to tourist destinations in the region. Once the centre is set up, the tourism corporation of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal and Rajasthan would also set up facilitation centres for the benefit of tourists here. Cuisines of different states will also be offered here.

The UT has also decided to begin work on its ambitious project, Nehru Centre for Performing Arts, which was also put on the backburner. This project is lying dead for more than 15 years. The centre, spread over 12.5 acres, is expected to have parking facility for over 1,400 vehicles.

The main feature of the building is expected to be a theatre street, and it is going to provide state-of-the-art facilities to artistes from the region.

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