As we enter a fresh year, there is hope that this will be better than the one gone by. Locals are looking forward to better amenities and all-round development of the city. On the wishlist is a multilevel parking, installation of CCTV cameras and launch of new housing schemes. Exclusive bicycle tracks can be the shot in the arm dor the green cause, besides ensuring that cyclists can pedal in safe zones. International flights from the city and the Metro are much awaited.
Tricity got its international airport in September, but flights abroad are still awaited. Residents from across the region are eagerily awaiting for the facility.
SECTOR 17 MULTILEVEL PARKING
City residents will get some relief from parking woes in Sector 17 as the Chandigarh municipal corporation (MC) is all set to throw open its first multilevel parking by January 15, where residents can park their four-wheelers free-of-cost for first four months. The multilevel parking has come up at the existing Gurdev parking lot.
CHB HOUSING SCHEME, SECTOR 51
After seven years, the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) is all set to launch a housing scheme in Sector 51 on January 25. The CHB will construct 128 two-bedroom flats, each costing `69 lakh. The flats will be on the pattern of stilt+4 with all modern facilities.
CCTVS IN CHANDIGARH AND PANCHKULA
Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras will be installed in Chandigarh to make the city crime-free. More than 1,000 CCTV cameras (including night vision cameras) are expected to be installed by March-end. The high-resolution cameras can capture the registration number of a moving vehicle and can be used for face recognition and face matching. Panchkula also will be covered under the third eye where 56 CCTV cameras will be installed. The project will be completed by August.
SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE AT PU
There is a plan to start a shuttle bus service for students on the Panjab University campus by August. Besides, the authorities are also expected to give a nod to five-day week in PU-affiliated colleges. The students’ council can also get representation in the senate where members will be able to take up student-related issues.
40 MGD WATER TO CITY
Chandigarh, which is grappling with water shortage from the past several years, will get 40 million gallons per day (MGD) water by April. The MC has already paid Rs 98 crore to the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) and the work of laying water pipes have started. Online recruitment of 520 constables Chandigarh Police will conduct online recruitment of 520 constables in January to strengthen the force. Five more police stations have already been opened in the city and there is a need to appoint more cops to fill vacancies.
JUDICIAL COMPLEX, SAS NAGAR
Coming up at a cost of Rs 112 crore, the District Administrative-cum-judicial complex in SAS Nagar will be the first in the state having all modern facilities. The administrative building will be fully air-conditioned and oneof-a-kind in Punjab. While the judicial complex will start functioning from January 4, the administrative complex will be operational by April.
CIVIL HOSPITAL IN SECTOR 45
The Government Multi-Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, is planning to start a 50-bedded civil block hospital in Sector 45 in January. The hospital will provide emergency and mother and child care services to residents of southern sectors.
108 AMBULANCE SERVICE
The UT health department is planning to launch the 108 ambulance service in January. The 108 facility is an emergency response system, primarily designed to attend patients of critical care, trauma and accident victims. The ambulances will be equipped with stretchers and trained emergency medical technicians to render quality pre-hospital care.
METRO RAIL PROJECT
The UT administration’s ambitious Metro rail project is all set to move a step ahead with the formation of the Greater Chandigarh Transport Corporation (GCTC) this year. The total length of the project covering Chandigarh, SAS Nagar and Panchkula is 37.57 km, of which the majority of the proposed two corridors fall in Chandigarh. The project is expected to come up at an estimated cost of Rs 2,700 crore. After getting a nod from the Union cabinet, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) will be notified as the GCTC.
A pharmacy will be set up in Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) by April where patients will get a discount of 50% on medicines. This will also check fleecing of patients and attendants by private chemists.
POSSESSION OF FLATS IN SECTOR 88
The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority is gearing up to hand over the possession of the Purab apartments in Sector 88 to allottees. The draw of lots for allotting houses will be conducted on January 5 and 6. GMADA had announced the Purab Premium Apartment Scheme in December 2011, promising to build houses for 4,500 people. The building, the first high-rise construction in tricity having 13 to 15 storeys, has 1,600 flats.
BICYCLES FOR GIRL STUDENTS
With an aim to empower and encourage girl students to complete higher education, the UT education department has decided to provide free bicycles to them. The bicycles will be provided to girl students of Classes 11 and 12 who belong to families of priority household under the National Food Security Act. The distribution of bicycles is likely to begin in January. A budget of `9.31 lakh has been sanctioned to carry the initiative.
COMMUNITY CENTRES IN SECTORS 50, 38 WEST
The Chandigarh municipal corporation is all set to construct two new community centres in Sector 50 and Sector 38 West at a cost `5 crore. The construction will start in March and will be completed in 18 months. The MC will also construct a new community centre in Sector 37 after demolishing the old one.
6 WORLD CUP T20 MATCHES AT PCA STADIUM
The Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) stadium is all set to host six matches of the ICC World T20 championship in March. The women’s teams of New Zealand and Ireland will clash on March 18, Sri Lanka and Ireland on March 20 and West Indies and India on March 27. The men’s teams of New Zealand and Pakistan will clash on March 22, Australia and Pakistan on March 25 and hosts India will take on Australia on March 27.
KHARAR-ZIRAKPUR ROAD BY FEBRUARY-END
Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) is all set to throw open Airport Road connecting Kharar and Zirakpur by February-end. The road will bring respite to commuters travelling between Zirakpur and Kharar. It will decongest the traffic at Balongi light point and will also cut the travel time. The road will connect Kharar to the Zirakpur-Patiala bypassing Chandigarh and inner areas of SAS Nagar.