Work in progress
Traffic snarls between Kurali and Kharar and even up to Chandigarh have become a daily affair. With Union minister Nitin Gadkari laying the foundation stone for four-laning the Kharar-Kurali section and six-laning the Chandigarh-Kharar stretch, residents hope for respite. The question is: Will the project be completed in 30 months as Gadkari promised? Or will it meet the fate of SAS Nagar’s much-delayed Inter-State Bus Terminus, the region’s first air-conditioned bus stand?
Baba Badnore prescribes bitter pill
Governor VP Singh Badnore is fast acquiring the epithet of ‘baba’. Remember his happiness mantra soon after he took charge? At Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32, Chandigarh, the other day, he observed how these days doctors were treating body parts, not patients. His prescription to them: “Treat with compassion. Bring the human touch. Don’t just do Lakshmi pooja (Run after money).”
Buzz is back at party offices
With the Punjab elections months away, offices of political parties in Chandigarh are abuzz with activity. The Madhya Marg houses the Congress office on one end in Sector 15 and the Akali Dal office on the other in Sector 28. These days both are choc-a-bloc with supporters, who arrive in vehicles that cause traffic jams, particularly during conferences. The BJP office in Sector 37 adjoining Batra theatre presents a similar picture. But it is the Communist Party of India that has found an ally in the Aam Aadmi Party, having rented out its office to the AAP or anyone who is interested in Sector 35.
What’s in a name? A lot!
A year has gone by since Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened the international airport in Chandigarh but there is still no consensus on its name. Many prefer to call it Chandigarh airport but the Punjab government insists it’s Mohali airport. The row has echoed in Parliament with Ludhiana MP Ravneet Bittu raising it in the winter session. Minister of state for civil aviation Mahesh Sharma replied that both Punjab and Haryana in 2010 wanted to name it after Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh.
But the Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar wanted the airport named after RSS leader Mangal Sein though he later said he had no objection to naming it after Bhagat Singh.
Tall order in BJP first family
Chandigarh BJP chief Sanjay Tandon stands out among party colleagues for his height. The 6’2’’ leader can often be seen bending over while posing for photos, especially with senior leaders. His height became the talking point when his sons happened to be around at a recent book release. His eldest son, Saaransh is 6’7’’, Shiven 6’4’’ and Satyam an inch shorter. And, they are all taller than their father!