Patil reprimands officials for delay in completing Slum Rehabilitation Project

The UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil on Monday set a four month deadline for completion of the remaining dwelling units under the Slum Rehabilitation Project of the UT Administration.

This was directed by him in a meeting held with the officials of the UT Administration immediately after the public hearing session on Monday.

Coming down heavily on the UT Administration officials for the slow progress of these flats and other housing projects, the Administrator has conveyed to the concerned officials to complete the dwelling units in Mauli Jagran for the economically weaker sections by March 31, 2013 or, he added, that they will be taken to task for the delay.

Further during the meeting, once again the paucity of land for the housing scheme floated for the UT employees came up.

To this, it was iterated that the UT Administration will be seeking 100 acres from the neighbouring states to construct houses for its employees after identifying the land.

Sources say that the proposal came by after the officials brought it to the notice of the Administrator that even as hundreds of employees working in UT's departments do not have a house, there is not much land left in the city to accommodate their housing needs.

To this, the Administrator asked the chairman of the Chandigarh Housing Board, to work on the proposal of fulfilling the needs of the employees of the UT Administration and to also communicate with GMADA and HUDA for working out some proposals around this.

Prior to this, the UT Administration had been giving out chunks of land to set up housing colonies for employees of Punjab.

The UT Administrator also reviewed the progress of certain other matters including the Solar Photovoltaic systems installation in offices, institutional and residential buildings besides the status update of the preparation of the master plan of Chandigarh.

The UT Administrator asked the concerned officials to study the states where there are extensive usage of solar energy.

Of late, the UT Administration has been advocating the regular use of solar energy in the city in order to save electricity.

Another green belt inaugurated

Chandigarh:Mayor Raj Bala Malik on Monday inaugurated a green belt developed in an area of about two acres in Sector 10. The green belt will have a footpath, jogging track and other facilities like benches and rain shelters. The entrance has also been beautified. Malik, while addressing the gathering, stated that residents should contribute towards upkeep of the facilities that are being provided by the MC.

French Experts for city

The UT Advisor K K Sharma, who returned after a two week training program under a pact between the Union ministry of Urban Development and the French Government, on Monday said that soon a report will be sent to the ministry wherein possible collaborations between the UT Administration and French experts could be looked into for the overall development of the city including for beter public transport system, solid waste management program, better roads and housing etc. For the purpose, some French experts may come to the city as part of the ongoing exchange program between the two countries for developmental issues, he added.

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