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What tricity is talking about | No fans under Ujala and Verka restaurant shut for now

punjab Updated: May 20, 2017 13:54 IST
Arvind Chhabra
Arvind Chhabra
Hindustan Times
Verka plant,Sampark centres,Ujala scheme

A stall selling LED bulbs outside a Sampark centre in Sector 23, Chandigarh, on Friday.(Karun Sharma/HT Photo)

No fans under Ujala

This week HT did a story on how the UT administration is selling LED bulbs, tubelights and fans at discounted rates at its Sampark centres. It’s a part of the Ujala scheme of the government of India as these LEDs are known for reducing energy. The idea is to encourage more and more residents to buy LEDs instead of normal bulbs and CFLs. While bulbs are available, fans have disappeared off the shelves. Residents ask what’s the point of publicising the scheme when these items aren’t available? “That’s because of massive demand in the city. We should be able to have fans in a week’s time,” said the programme’s regional manager Nitin Bhat. “We’ve sold 15,000 fans in the city so far in a month and a half.”

Getting a passport

Applying for a passport may have become easier in Chandigarh as it’s all online. But this doesn’t mean that you can get a passport issued sooner. Once you apply for a passport or for reissuance of the passport online, you are directed to deposit the fee which is also done online by using your credit/ debit card or online banking. After that you get an appointment with the passport officer which could be even a month later. For instance, this person filed an application on May 3 and got appointment for May 30. And you don’t know how far are you from getting your passport issued?

Verka restaurant shut for now

Verka plant is a very unlikely place to attract people to its restaurant. But people drive in droves to this place, perhaps because it is located right on the highway when you are entering Chandigarh from Kharar/Mohali side. Also their offerings are an additional attraction like ice creams and lassi in sizzling weather like now. However, the restaurant is shut now and the notice says it’s closed for renovation. Enquiries revealed that the organisation wants to lease it out to some private contractor to run it.

Not beckoning enough

Much has been written about how well-known places in the tricity have been a casualty because of the Supreme Court’s ban on sale and serving of liquor in a radius of 500 metres from the national and state highways. However, there are some places which were low profile, yet preferred by many. For instance, the Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management runs a hotel ‘Chandigarh Beckons’. It has also been affected by the SC ban as it also falls within the 500-metre category. Staff says it doesn’t beckon customers as much now.

First Published: May 20, 2017 10:44 IST