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Bansal’s tenure draws mixed reactions

Hillary Victor , Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, March 20, 2014
First Published: 10:49 IST(20/3/2014) | Last Updated: 10:57 IST(20/3/2014)

Eyeing fifth term as Lok Sabha MP, Pawan Bansal’s performance in the past five years has been a mixed bag. Some of the promises he made in 2009 have not been fulfilled, but he has introduced 15 trains from Chandigarh, upgraded various government schools.

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Unfulfilled promises include non-implementation o fa Balanced Rent Act, no changes in building bylaws, municipal corporation not given additional powers, SC/ST certificates not provided and issue of lal dora remains unsolved.

However, Bansal claims he has given exemplary performance when it comes to development of the city and has set an example in slum rehabilitation.

In the past one year, 15 new trains have been introduced, of which nine were introduced in the last six months because of the initiative taken by Bansal.

So far in his tenure, 15 government schools have been upgraded and new smart schools came up for the first time. As far as health services are concerned, the gover nment hospitals got better infrastructure and Manimajra’s civil hospital was upgraded and now boasts of 100 beds, 24-hour emergency service and an obstetrics unit.

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As far as Member of Parliament Local Area Develo-pment (MPLAD) fund is concerned, Bansal claims to have utilised 96% funds till date. The funds have been spent on construction and development of parks, installation of lights, garden benches, paver blocks, water coolers and providing educational material to a few government schools.

While addressing mediapersons last week, Bansal admitted that some of the projects could not be completed, but would make sure that they were completed in the next couple of years. Bansal said his next dream was to provide pipe gas supply to residents, which he believed would start in the next one year.

Speaking to HT, OP Verma, chairman of the Residents’ Welfare Association in Sector 20, said, “The development initiatives work in his favour and he should get credit for spending a lot of money under the MPLAD and rehabilitation programme.”

BJP district president Shakti Prakash Devshali said, “No new project has been initiated in the city
in the past 15 years and most of the promises he made in the past 10 years have not been fulfilled.”

PROMISES UNKEPT

BAN ON SELLING OF LEASEHOLD PROPERTY
In poll promise, Pawan Bansal assured 2,000 industrialists that their leasehold property would be converted to freehold, but the UT administration not only turned down the demand, but also imposed ban on selling leasehold property.

BUILDING VIOLATION CHARGES
Local MP failed to convince the UT administrator for lowering the charges of buildings violations. Despite several representations forwarded to the administrator, the request was turned down. However, it was the business community that approached the Punjab and Haryana high court and got relief.

HOUSE TAX
Though Bansal never wanted that house tax should be imposed, the administrator prevailed as House tax was imposed in February 2013. The issue was hanging fire for the past five years.

NO RELIEF FOR MARBLE MARKET
Despite his best efforts to give relief to 250 owners of illegal marble market in Dhanas. Bansal failed to convince the UT administration on the issue, and finally it was razed.

ACHIEVEMENTS
15 new trains introduced from Chandigarh
15 government schools upgraded 96% MPLAD fund utilised. Funds provided to Panjab University, PGIMER, government schools and colleges for infrastructural development. Upgrade of health facilities at PGIMER, GMSH and GMCH. 24x7 New Emergency Block at Manimajra civil hospital, which was also upgraded to 100-bed hospital. Other dispensaries upgraded too and four new dispensaries in southern sectors being constructed.
300-bed Trauma Centre approved in Sector 53.

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