Kept out of policy-making until 6 months ago: Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 12, 2016 17:45 IST
Member of Parliament Kirron Kher interacting with mediapersons at the UT Guest House in Chandigarh on Wednesday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)

Kirron Kher, who is all set to complete two years as member of Parliament (MP) this June, at a press conference on Wednesday said the local administration failed to involve her into policy-making decisions until six month ago. She also reiterated her stand on Metro to Chandigarh, citing the project isn’t financially viable, and that it’ll spoil the beauty and character of the city.

“I am not a political animal, and don’t play games. But politically, I have learnt a lot, and my attitude has always been right — less said the better.”

Without naming former UT adviser Vijay Dev, the MP said, “The administration never sought my suggestion, or even bothered to inform me about any decision till about six months back. To say the least, I was not even informed about any government function. Even some works done on my suggestion were not credited to me.”

Talking about Chandigarh failing to make it to the list of first 20 smart cities, she said, “I wasn’t taken into confidence and had no inkling about the contents when the smart city proposal was sent initially. Chandigarh was the only city that had not taken any professional help to prepare the proposal.”

However, she said, now the things are “completely different”. “The new proposal has been prepared from the scratch with the involvement of a professional agency. Adviser Parimal Rai informed me about everything that can be included in the proposal. Now I am aware of all the plus points. In fact, the administration has given me the basis to fight our case at the Centre. Earlier, I didn’t know anything about it so I could not raise our case.”

Without naming former adviser Vijay Dev, the MP said, “He was very nice but he failed to involve me on the administrative front.”


SMART CITY: Among the cities vying for the smart city status, Chandigarh was the only city that didn’t involve any professional agency in preparing the proposal.

METRO PROJECT: I don’t think Chandigarh needs a metro. It involves a huge budget. I don’t want the city to be uprooted. In fact, people here are not used to that kind of life, as it’s a small city. People won’t even pay for tickets. So the solution to the problem of increasing vehicles is to construct a ring road. I have taken up the matter with Union road transport minister Nitin Gadkari. However, it is my personal opinion and I don’t want to go against my party’s stand, though I will fight for it.

WATER, POWER: We need more water from the Kajauli waterworks. More funds have been sought from the Centre for laying an additional pipeline. We also need to come up with an underground wiring so that the power supply is not snapped at every time a storm comes. I will be adopting two more villages in the near future.

FILM INSTITUTE: City needs a film institute so that youngsters can take up not only acting but technical courses like editing and cinematography. I have asked Union finance minister Arun Jaitely to provide funds for the project.

FUNDS FROM CENTRE: I keep asking for funds but the Centre says generate funds by imposing taxes. Even last year, I had told the UT engineering department not to give back money to the Centre, and had told to utilise them, saying they could face budget deficit.

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