In picture is the traffic light point of Sectors 33 and 34. But until a few days ago, a roundabout existed here. It has become the latest casualty of the dangerously growing traffic on the city roads. The road used to witness jams, especially in the evening and afternoon. So the authorities decided to remove the rotary.
City residents have had a strong affinity with these roundabouts or chowks, but these are gradually giving way to traffic lights, thanks to the exponentially growing traffic. To avoid removing some other rotaries, the administration installed lights on these, but this only adds to chaos.
The Chandigarh Master Plan 2031 clearly says that roundabouts are not considered viable for traffic volumes beyond a certain limit. It says the only way to retain these rotaries is by reducing personalised cars and SUVs and going in for mass rapid public transport. That doesn’t seem to be happening, though.
Not cracker of Diwali for babus
It’s time for the festival of lights and crackers, Diwali. But one thing that the employees of the UT administration only talk nostalgically about is the Diwali bonus. The employees used to get bonus of a few thousand rupees for the festival, which would really make their festival special. The union territory follows the Punjab government’s service rules, and since Punjab has been in throes of a severe financial crisis for several years, the state government stopped giving bonus to its staff. Though the UT has no such crisis, it had no option but to follow Punjab.
...And dreams of house to Punjab govt staff
They may not be getting any Diwali bonus but the Punjab government has definitely shown its employees the dream of owning a house. The government has come up with a housing scheme for its employees on Diwali. The eligible employees can own a flat in multi-storeyed buildings the government will be constructing in SAS Nagar and Mullanpur. The staff, however, has a grievance, which is very valid too. The scheme opened on October 18 and closes on November 18. But no one knows who is eligible and who is not. The advertisement said eligibility details and brochure can be downloaded from the GMADA website or bought from banks. But it is available nowhere.
The tricity is never short of VIP weddings. But this one was a little different. Son of a prominent bureaucrat couple from Himachal Pradesh, Manisha and Tarun Sridhar, married the granddaughter of GR Majithia, retired judge of the Punjab and Haryana high court, at Panchkula’s Gymkhana Club. This meant that not only dignitaries from Chandigarh were present but HP governor Acharya Devvrat and many bureaucrats from HP turned up too. After all, additional chief secretary Sridhar holds key charges in HP, including that of revenue. Many retired and serving judges of the Punjab and Haryana high court were also in attendance.