IT Park: Cong welcomes SC verdict on land acquisition

The BJP, however, states that it is due to lack of co-ordination between the Centre, local MP and the Administration that there is chaos in the city, with no project taking off

The city unit of the Congress that had been opposing most of the mega projects proposed for Chandigarh as well as Phase III of the IT Park, seems to be welcoming the judgment of the Supreme Court, terming the acquisition illegal. The BJP on the other hand states that it is due to lack of co-ordination that there is chaos in the city, with no project taking off.

The Congress had been opposing the projects that were initiated during the tenure of former Administrator Gen S F Rodrigues (Retd) as the Administrator. While most of the projects were canceled one after the other, the third phase of the IT Park was among the last ones left. Union Minister Pawan Bansal had in the past stated that the third phase was not required. There was opposition to the acquisition of land for this.

President of Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee B B Bahl says, "We will be holding a discussion with the local MP on the issue. The verdict of the court is welcome. The situation on ground at present will need to be assessed."

Most of the mega projects including Medicity, Amusement-cum-Theme Park, Filmcity, etc have been canceled over the past few years.

The Congress had opposed a number of projects and the situation turned for the worst during the tussle between the party and the former Administrator. Union Minister Pawan Bansal and Gen Rodrigues had leveled allegations against each other.

Senior BJP leader Satya Pal Jain opine that there is no co-ordination between the Centre, local MP and the Administration.

"The proposals were mooted by the Administration that comes under the central government. The local MP is a minister at the Centre. If something good is done by the Administration, the Congress takes credit. However, the blame for wrong decisions is shifted on others," says Jain.

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