Mayors form tricity council, refuel hope for synced progress

  • Hillary Victor, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jun 15, 2016 13:57 IST
(From left) Panchkula mayor Upinder Kaur Walia with her counterparts Arun Sood (Chandigarh) and Kulwant Singh (SAS Nagar) at a meeting on Tuesday. (Ravi Kumar/HT Photo)

Another effort towards an effective coordination system for administration of the tricity as whole was made on Tuesday, when mayors of Chandigarh, Panchkula and SAS Nagar met at the municipal corporation office in Sector 17 here. A Council of Tricity Corporations was set up with all commissioners and chief engineers as members besides the mayors. The plan is to hold monthly meetings, with the next one slated in SAS Nagar.

The biggest takeaway was that a central controlling authority would be constituted to sync the three cities’ development. Technocrats such as architects, town planners, engineers and environmentalists, would be members.

This augments the earlier system in which civic issues were taken up in letters on a case-by-case basis. At the twohour meeting, Chandigarh mayor Arun Sood, SAS Nagar’s Kulwant Singh and Panchkula’s Upinder Kaur Walia discussed various common issues, such as the stray dog and cattle menace, encroachments, the sanitation and water supply systems, sewerage, waste management, and fire and emergency services, besides implementation of the Street Vendors Act, and a possible realignment of boundaries.

There is another mechanism in place since 1975, when a coordination committee was set up by the Union government to chart a roadmap for the city.

Headed by the Union government’s secretary of urban development, the panel members include the chief secretaries of both Haryana and Punjab and the UT administrator’s adviser. Its meetings are held but not for routine matters; the mayors can get together for more immediate issues too, officials believe.

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