After landing itself in an embarrassing situation by not informing local member of Parliament (MP) Kirron Kher about the administrator's advisory council (ACC) meeting, the Chandigarh administration, in a face-saving exercise, has decided to consider her suggestions pertaining to the Master Plan 2031.
The administration has scheduled to hold an ACC meeting on June 19 in which the master plan is to be discussed.
Unhappy with the administration's attitude, the MP raised objections and shot off a letter to the ministry of home affairs (MHA).
UT adviser KK Sharma said, "The local MP can submit objections/ suggestion which will be considered by the board of inquiry." Explaining the reasons for not being able to schedule the meeting as per the convenience of Kirron, who had prior commitments, Sharma said the process of completing the master plan was running behind schedule and the Punjab and Haryana high court had issued directions for completing it at the earliest.
The UT authorities started working on the master plan on the directions of the high court, and an expert committee was constituted under the chairpersonship of chief architect Sumit Kaur to prepare a vision for 2031. The work on preparation of master plan started in 2008, but its progress had been marred by delays and the administration had to seek several extensions for its completion.
During the last hearing on May 19, the court pulled up the administration and directed it to complete the master plan at the earliest. The case will come up for hearing on August 4.
ACC meet to last over one day Owing to a voluminous report of the board of inquiry, the administration has decided to stretch the meeting to June 20, if required.
The adviser said, "Considering the volume of report, we may not be able to discuss it in one day. Therefore, we have decided to continue the meeting on the next day."
The administration will hold meeting of the ACC, responsible for advising the UT administration on development issues and policy matters affecting the city, after a gap of 19 months. The last meeting of the council, which so far has failed to serve the purpose for which it was formed, was held on November 30, 2012. Only six such meetings have been conducted since the council came into force three years ago.
According to rules, the UT administrator nominates members of the council from different strata of society. The total number of members of the council cannot exceed 60.
The newly constituted council comprises a total of 34 members, including MP Kirron Kher, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) city unit head Sanjay Tandon, BJP leader Satya Pal Jain, Congress leader BB Bahl, Federation of Sector Welfare Associations Chandigarh (FOSWAC) chairman PC Sanghi and Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM) president Charanjiv Singh. The last council had 42 members.