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Traffic not to be held up for new UT boss

In his first meeting with secretaries and heads of departments at the UT secretariat since taking charge on Monday, UT administrator VP Singh Badnore instructed the police to not block traffic during his movement in the city.

punjab Updated: Aug 25, 2016 12:06 IST
HT Correspondent
UT administrator VP Singh Badnore at a meeting with officer at the UT secretariat on Wednesday. To his right is UT adviser Parimal Rai and to his left is UT finance secretary Sarvjit Singh.
UT administrator VP Singh Badnore at a meeting with officer at the UT secretariat on Wednesday. To his right is UT adviser Parimal Rai and to his left is UT finance secretary Sarvjit Singh.(Keshav Singh/HT Photo)

In his first meeting with secretaries and heads of departments at the UT secretariat since taking charge on Monday, UT administrator VP Singh Badnore instructed the police to not block traffic during his movement in the city. The decision will come as a relief to city residents, who were subjected to the setting up of route (traffic blockade as referred to in official circles) during the movement of previous governor Kaptan Singh Solanki. This stopping of traffic during Solanki’s tenure had led to frequent public outcry.

Badnore wants no halting of traffic during his movement, but commuters will only be stopped at traffic signals and roundabouts to give a clear pass to his convoy. After the meeting with the officials, he told the media, “I do not want citizens to face any inconvenience because of me. In Delhi, while I was MP, I have been stuck in traffic jams resulting from VIP movement.”

At the meeting, Badnore said that for the development of any city, the common man’s suggestions were the most practical and relevant and needed to be solicited by the administration.

“We have decided to keep suggestion boxes at all e-sampark centres and the secretariat. A mechanism will also be worked out to solicit online suggestions,” he said. He added that he had also asked the police to register all FIRs on complaints brought to them by residents.

Among other issues that the administrator discussed at the meeting were pollution, where he said that the city needed to be tuned into a zero carbon zone, also calling upon for increased use of renewable sources of energy. Zero carbon means promoting the use of renewable energy in place of traditional fuels (all emitting carbon waste) like petrol, LPG etc.

“Chandigarh is already a smart city and will make it smarter still,” he said.

TAKES BRIEF ON PROJECTS; ASKS FOR DETAILED REPORTS NEXT WEEK

Heads of different departments of the UT administration gave a brief presentation on the ongoing projects in city to Badnore. He directed officers to give a detailed presentation — with action plans for 100 days, six months and long-term plan of action — for various programmes and achievements so that deadlines for each project could be set.

Badnore, who arrived at secretariat at 11am left at around 3.30 pm. He also told the media that he would always be available for the common man, in addition to the public darbars that the past administrators used to hold.