With the model code of conduct already into effect for the municipal corporation elections scheduled to be held on December 18, development agendas have taken a backseat in the city.
Some important projects of the Chandigarh administration and the municipal corporation will get approval of the UT administrator only after the code of conduct is lifted.
Awaiting notification, at least five important projects which were in their final stages have been held for another month, till the election process will get over.
“We will come out with notifications or any other development projects only after the MC election process gets over,” said UT finance secretary Sarvjit Singh.
The administration has been working on the policy for web-based taxi operators for last three months and had recently forwarded the same to the UT adviser for final clearance. The administration had invited feedback and suggestions from residents. The administration had published the draft rules Transportation Technology Aggregators Rules, 2016.
Similarly, the e-rickshaw policy by the administration awaits notification. The draft, which is yet to be finalised, allows four persons excluding driver and 40 kg weight in the e-rickshaw. These will
be registered as transport vehicles and shall be granted contract carriage permits without fare meter.
These will be used to ferry residents in the internal sector roads in residential areas and high density population areas and would be feeder transport for metro and monorail.
Even municipal corporation projects are held up – smart parking at all 24 parking lots and registration of street vendors under the Street Vendors Act.
Under the smart parking concept, the civic body has decided to convert all 24 parking lots into smart parking lots. The street vendor registration project will register all vendors and give them earmarked space to sell their wares.
The administration has already simplified and prepared a draft of the building bylaws to make them uniform and easy to understand. UT finance secretary Sarvjit had formed a committee under the chairmanship of the chief architect to give the recommendations for the change. The process to simplify the building bylaws has been started on the pattern of the Haryana Building Code 2016 implemented recently by the Haryana government. The move is aimed at ending the confusion over implementation of building rules.