From red beacons to rats creating a ruckus in city courts, here is a roundup of all the tricity has been talking about:
‘Lal battis’ go for all
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision that no one will get beacons on cars may have annoyed some of the affected bureaucrats and political leaders but everyone else is jubilant. Beacons was a big issue in the city after the administrator VP Singh Badnore had issued a fresh list of those entitled to red, blue and amber lights on their vehicles. Many unhappy on being excluded from the elite list scrambled to the governor with requests. Some were allowed, and others were being considered. And in comes this order, which bars even the administrator and the judges from having the beacon, a huge status symbol. Some officers have promptly removed the beacons while some others want to relish their last few moments with their prized possession.
Poor in the city
How many people in Chandigarh are below poverty line? The issue came up last week in the Rajya Sabha. And it was quite surprising to note that 21.8% in Chandigarh live below the poverty line. This translates to nearly 2.35-lakh people.
An eyecatcher at Sukhna Lake
Adisplay screen has been installed atop the police post at the entry to Sukhna Lake. An eyecatcher at night, it flashes messages on water conservation and environment, exhorting citizens to keep the city clean and green. Put up by the Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee, it also displays the temperature and humidity levels.
Ban creates space for visitors
How severely the Supreme Court’s liquor ban has affected the Sector 35 market of Chandigarh is so vividly visible. Just drive down the area and you will find visitors parking their cars wherever it’s convenient to them. Before the ban, there would be no space for parking and the contractor would invariably flash the ‘parking full’ board at you, especially on weekends. Now, even weekends are a car driver’s delight.
Rats in courts
It’s not just the parking problem that the new district courts building in Sector 43 is struggling with. Lately rats have been creating ruckus in the courts without any fear of the law! The other day, a female staffer screamed which attracted attention of many. She had been bitten by a rat. Hope some solution is found out before the rodents sneak into crucial files.