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9 projects kick off, Chandigarh on smart path

Badnore was speaking at the launch of smart city operations at the PEC University of Technology, Sector 12.

punjab Updated: Jun 26, 2017 08:58 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Punjab governor VP Singh Badnore and Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher during the inauguration of cycle track in Sector 8, Chandigarh, on Sunday as other senior officers of the UT administration look on.(Keshav Singh/HT Photo)

UT administrator VP Singh Badnore asked city MP Kirron Kher and mayor Asha Kumari Jaswal to pay attention during a speech he was delivering, on Sunday.

Badnore was speaking at the launch of smart city operations at the PEC University of Technology, Sector 12.

During his speech, Badnore found Kher and Jaswal chatting with each other.

Addressing the two, he said, “Madamji, please pay attention as whatever I am saying, it concerns you.”

Finding themselves in an embarrassing situation, the duo immediately stopped talking and started concentrating on Badnore’s speech.

Through the day, Singh launched several projects of the Chandigarh Smart City Mission on the second anniversary of the smart city mission launched by the Union ministry of urban development.

The projects launched on Sunday include a dedicated cycle track shared with footpath at the Vigyan Path, a smart city operations centre at PEC, Sector 12, the construction of a subway connecting Sector 17 to the Rose Garden, smart parking at Sector 17 and a proposed urban park behind Neelam Cinema, Sector 17, Chandigarh.


A smart city will require a lot of work from all stakeholders and a change in lifestyle of residents, besides an investment of a humongous Rs 5,900 crore. Even as technology will assume an even more important role, the city’s vision of smartness emphasises sustainability as well. An urban park at the rear of Neelam Cinema with a 200-seat amphitheatre is, thus, among the projects that the administrator launched on Sunday. An underpass connecting the Rose Garden to Sector 17 is also planned. HT brings you a brief overview of the projects the administrator gave a green light to on Sunday and the way they will change a city resident’s life.


Dedicated cycle tracks shared with foot path

What it entails:

Construct 90-km cycle tracks in Chandigarh


Badnore on Sunday inaugurated cycle track of 9.2 km on Vigyan path (the road dividing Sectors 4 and 9). This has cost ~1.4 crore and the residents can use it.

Completion date:

December this year


Urban park thrice as big as Elante Mall to the rear of Neelam cinema, Sector 17

What it entails:

60 acre on the rear of Neelam Cinema will be developed into a park with a seating capacity of 2,500. An amphitheatre, three open badminton courts, food court and children’s play area.


Work started on Sunday

Completion date:

Within 12 months by July 2018


Sub-way connecting Sector 17 to Rose Garden

What it entails:

Pedestrian underpass connecting Plaza, Sector 17, and Rose Garden Sector 16. 1.5 acre will be used. Golf carts and e-rickshaw way planned. Provision of murals on Underpass wall


Work has started

Completion date:

To be completed within nine months (March 2018)


Book your parking slot before you move out of home

What it entails:

Under smart parking, all ticketing by electronic machines at a lot will be connected to a central server. Thus, users can see the parking space available and can book their slot before-hand.


For residents, the parking charges increase to Rs 10 for every four hours and Rs 10 for every two hours thereafter from September 19. The contractor has bagged the work for Rs 15 crore a year


Being implemented

First Published: Jun 26, 2017 08:38 IST