Looking forward 2014
From Chandigarh's future getting some shape in the 2031 master plan to the completion of the much-awaited SAS Nagar bus stand, 2014 will be a year full of new beginning for tricity residents. Monica Sharma reports.Updated: Jan 01, 2014 12:05 IST
Online facility for birth, death certificates in UT
The Chandigarh municipal corporation (MC) will in April launch an online facility for applying for birth and death certificates. After it is launched, the rush of applicants to the office of the MC's death and birth wing will reduce. At present, nearly 200 people visit the office everyday and have to queue up for at least an hour. For applying for the certificates, users will have to visit the MC's website, and after following the links on the site, fill up a form and make a payment through online banking.
Chandigarh Master Plan-2031 to be notified
Prepared with a view to meet the city's future requirements, the Chandigarh Master Pan-2031 will be notified this year. Under the plan, proposals have been made for development of residential, commercial and industrial areas, and improvements in transport and green spaces. The plan has been drafted after considering the estimated growth figures, according to which the city will have a population of around 20 lakh by 2031. As per the expansion plans of the UT administration, besides the Metro, several commercial belts, two freight stations, a trauma centre, solar park and wildlife corridor are on the priority list.
Construction of a new block of the Nehru Hospital at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) will be completed in 2014. With this, the premier institute will get another 250 beds and 80 private rooms, bringing much-needed relief to the thousands who flock for treatment to the hospital. The new building will also house 10 operation theatres.
57% discount on medicines at PGI
In 2014, PGIMER is expected to get a chemist that will give 57 per cent discount on medicines to customers. The shop has already been auctioned and is likely to start in the beginning of 2014. At present, there is a 30 per cent discount on generic and surgical items, and 15 per cent discount on all branded medicines at the PGIMER.
New Mohali ISBT to be operational from March
Finally, after missing three deadlines, the under-construction inter-state bus terminus (ISBT) in SAS Nagar will be operational from mid-March. The construction began in 2010 and the ISBT was earlier meant to be operational in March 2012. Coming up on more than six acres, the project will have three multi-storey towers, which will include a 10-screen cineplex, four-star hotel, mall, and helipad. The ISBT will operate from a five-storey tower, while the 13 and 18-storeyed towers will house the hotel, office-cum-commercial space, a mall and rooftop helipad.
AC fruit, vegetable market to be functional in SAS Nagar
Going by the claims of Punjab Mandi Board chairman Ajmer Singh Lakhowal, an air-conditioned fruit and vegetable market in Phase 11, SAS Nagar, will be will be operational from Wednesday. Though the project missed the deadline of November 30 this year, Lakhowal claimed it would be operational in January. Coming up on 12.34 acres at a cost of Rs 43.34 crore, the market will have five retail areas and 234 vending points to encourage farmers to sell their produce directly. This complex will house a post office, dispensary, canteen, police post and a guest house for farmers.
Tweaked industrial policy for Chandigarh
In a move that would give a boost to commerce, trade and industry in Chandigarh, the UT administration - in line with the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (MSMED) Act of 2006 - will be formulating an industrial policy for the city. In the Act, the word 'industry' has been replaced by 'enterprises', meaning that services apart from manufacturing will also be taken into account when the policy is framed. Services under the Act include sale of motor vehicles, retail sale in non-specialised stores with food etc, retail sale via stalls and markets, hotels and motels, stores, warehousing, hospitals and motion-picture projections. Before the MSMED Act came into being in 2006, only manufacturing was allowed in industries.
Work on two bypass roads begins in UT
For the benefit of motorists, the UT administration has proposed two bypass roads, east bypass and west bypass. The administration plans to build east bypass over land belonging to the Indian Railways for connecting the Zirakpur-Tribune Chowk road to railway light point near Manimajra. The west bypass will be built near Mullanpur.
Panchkula to use water wisely
Panchkula will be taking the water conservation route this year. The town will shift to tertiary water for irrigating parks and gardens in houses which are bigger than a kanal. The reason behind is that a Rs 55-crore tertiary water-treatment plant is coming up in Sector 20 of the town. Right now, potable water is being used for irrigating parks. The project will save 17 million-litre daily of water, which is drawn from tube wells.
Panchkula MC will install 120 CCTV cameras in the town this year, and has already drawn up a plan regarding the areas in which they will be installed. Earlier, the MC was planning to install 60 such cameras. However, following orders of the Punjab and Haryana high court, it decided to double the number of cameras on which around Rs 2 crore will be spent.
Chandigarh to get 10 new courts
For reducing the pendency of cases, the Centre has sanctioned the setting up of 10 news courts in the Sector-43 district court complex. The new courts would come as a shot in the arm for the district courts as it had a backlog of more than 70,000 cases. At present, the district courts have a sanction of 20 judges. While increasing the sanction from 20 to 30 judges, the Centre also cleared the appointment of staff required for additional judges.
10 more govt schools to be built in Chandigarh
The UT education department will come up with 10 new schools in 2014. Apart from this, the department will also be introducing 10 vocational courses to improve the employment chances of students. Also, the construction of 20 basketball and as many volleyball courts is expected to take shape this year.
550 more cameras likely to be installed in UT
Chandigarh traffic police are planning to take the number of cameras for surveillance of city roads from 100 to 650. At present, the police have been facing problems in surveillance due to non-functional CCTV cameras.
Chandigarh is one of the 100-odd urban seats that the Aam Aadmi Party is reportedly looking to contest in the Lok Sabha polls due in May. With Arvind Kejriwal making a revolutionary debut and taking the chief minister's chair in Delhi, things are likely to get interesting. Incumbent Congress MP Pawan Kumar Bansal looks set to be rattled by scams, while BJP remains a divided house. Even in Panchkula, which is under the Ambala seat represented by union minister Kumari Selja, AAP might make a dent, while ripples may even be felt towards Punjab. Will the AAP jhaadu sweep the tricity?