With the countdown to the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on,work is going on at a frantic pace for sprucing up the rehabilitation colony at Dhanas as well as the peripheral areas. New parks are being developed,parking spaces created and four-laning of the road between Dhanas and Sarangpur is underway.
The PM will be coming to the city on September 14 to hand over the keys of the one-room tenements to the slum- dwellers. A total of 8,448 flats have been constructed under the rehabilitation scheme of JNNURM.
A sample flat has been prepared for the PM to see. It has been furnished with tiles. A wooden partition has been built to divide the one room into two. Officials say that the cost of furnishing the sample flat was around Rs 80,000. Adjoining that are unfurnished flats the way these are to be handed over to the beneficiaries.
An anganwari centre that is present near the cluster of houses that the PM would be shown has been spruced up with pictures painted on the walls. There will be around 60 anganwari centres in the complex with each catering to a cluster of houses. A school has been set up combining 32 flats. Apart from this,a police post as well as dispensaries will be provided within the complex. Around 40,000 people are expected to reside in these houses.
Play equipment has been installed in the parks which are being developed. The entire focus is on the part of the complex that the PM will be visiting. The construction of the flats had been completed almost a year back. However,the supporting infrastructure was in the process of being developed. The administration had wanted a VIP to hand over the keys of the flats to the beneficiaries.
The PM will come by a helicopter from the Chandigarh Airport to IRB Complex at Sarangpur where helipads have been built. This has been done in order to avoid congestion on the city roads. The road leading from Sarangpur to Dhanas is being four-laned. The carpeting is going on and median being constructed.
A resident of Dhanas feels that looking at the pace of development over the past few weeks,the PM should come more often. The streetlights that had been non-functional have now been rectified. The road is being carpeted and cleaning up of the area is being done. The visit is proving to be a boon for us, said the resident.
It is expected that once the beneficiaries occupy the tenements,the land allotted by Colony Number 5 would be cleared. Slum-dwellers from a few more colonies are also being shifted to Dhanas. Earlier,Union Minister Kumari Selja had handed over keys of flats in Sector 49 to the beneficiaries. She had expressed opposition to the design and had stated that two-room flats should be built. The new flats for which construction is to be undertaken by CHB will have two rooms.