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Patil doesn’t have much to laud in I-Day speech

The Independence Day speech scheduled to be delivered by administrator Shivraj Patil is likely to have only a few laudable achievements of the administration.

chandigarh Updated: Aug 14, 2013 11:08 IST
Vinod Kumar
Vinod Kumar
Hindustan Times

The Independence Day speech scheduled to be delivered by administrator Shivraj Patil is likely to have only a few laudable achievements of the administration.

There are said to be only a few achievements as the administration in the past one year has failed to make a much of headway in projects undertaken.

In the said period, even though the administration paid a lot of emphasis on developing Chandigarh as a model solar city — one of its favourite projects, it could manage to install only five plants on different government buildings.

As per the target, it has to set up a total of 12 rooftop-based solar photovoltaic power plants under the project model solar city which was launched in 2009 after the city was declared model solar city.

The much-talked about initiative of rehabilitating slum dwellers at Dhanas has been marred by delays. In the past, officials have been reprimanded by Patil for the delay, who had first set March 2013 as the deadline for completing the project, which was later extended to July. Till date, flats have not been handed over to dwellers.

In previous speeches delivered on Republic Day and Independence Day, the authorities harped upon strengthening the public transportation system by adding more buses to the existing fleet of (CTU). From the past one year, the administration has made four unsuccessful attempts to purchase 50 new buses. It had floated tenders on four occasions, but nothing could be processed as the participating companies refused to accept the terms and conditions laid by the administration.

This year, city residents have been at the receiving end of frequent power breakdowns, thanks to the lax attitude of the electricity department towards improving the system.

The ambitious project to set up a 220-kilovolt (kv) power sub-station for ensuring uninterrupted and better quality power supply is hanging fire for want of land. Similarly, the department has been dragging its feet to install transformers it had bought for improving the transmission system.

The administration also failed to resolve the issue pertaining to pendency of issuance of registration cards (RC). The city residents have to wait for more than one month to get a RC.

Saving grace

The health department emerged as the saving grace for the administration. The department bagged three prestigious prizes given by the government of India for rendering indoor and outdoor patient care services and for bringing down infant mortality rates in the city from 29 to 20, according to sample registration survey conducted by government of India.

For providing better healthcare, this year a new five-story OPD block was made functional at Government Multi-Specialty Hospital in Sector 16 while 50-bed emergency-cum-mother and child block has been added to the civil hospital, Manimajra.

The education department started two more smart schools, taking the tally of such schools to three in the city. The department also appointed s large number of teachers to overcome the shortage of teaching staff in the schools.

Besides opening couple of eSamparks, the information technology department, finally, managed to get the entrepreneur development centre (EDC), ambitious initiative of the UT administration, rolling. The project was four years in the making, with plenty of delays along the way.

First Published: Aug 14, 2013 11:06 IST