Chandigarh: Before code of conduct comes into force, community centre to open on November 12

Last Wednesday, workers were called hurriedly and were asked to complete the incomplete work quickly because the date of inauguration has already been fixed by the BJP.

Written by Hina Rohtaki | Chandigarh | Published:November 7, 2016 4:19 am
Chandigarh, Community centre, Sector 15 community centre, narendra modi's name, code of conduct, indian express Renovation work in progress at community centre in Sector 15, Chandigarh. (Source: Express photo by Sahil Walia)

A FOUNDATION stone with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s name etched on it for a community centre in Sector 15 was laid two years ago in February 2014. In the past two-and-a-half years, the work was stopped midway due to one reason or the other. Despite repeated requests by residents, the community centre was not completed and thrown open to the residents, following which the latter had to face inconvenience and hold functions or events in distant sectors.

Last Wednesday, workers were called hurriedly and were asked to complete the incomplete work quickly because the date of inauguration has already been fixed by the BJP. Reason: Code of conduct to come in force on November 15 and there is a rush to take the credit.

The BJP-led Municipal Corporation is all set to inaugurate an incomplete community centre on November 12. Due to delay in the work these years, an amount of Rs 1.46 crore has already been spent on it. The workers when informed the authorities that a lot of work was pending and it was impossible to complete it before November 12, they were asked to give a temporary makeover.

“We just came on Wednesday. It will take at least 20-25 days to complete the furniture work since the beds, tables and other furnishing is required.

But we have been asked to complete some basic things and the rest can be done later because some inauguration date for this building has been fixed,” said a worker, requesting anonymity. The workers were working in the hall at the entrance. The work of flooring, furnishing, facilities in the gym were all incomplete.

Surinder Sharma, president of Sector 15 Welfare Society, said, “They are going to inaugurate an unfurnished community centre which cannot be used by the residents now. We residents met the mayor and other authorities several times in the past to complete the work but they did not, and now they are readying it temporarily to show as if it is totally ready.”

Sharma said that the delay in the work led to the escalation of costs as well. “Whenever we would ask why the work was stopped, they would say the flooring is to be selected, the tile is not perfect — all vague reasons,” said Sharma, adding that the residents had been going to distant places to hold functions and events.

Local BJP councillor Saurabh Joshi said that the work was complete and the community centre was ready. Only finishing touches were being given.
The community centre was dismantled and then the foundation stone was laid for the new one. It was said that the condition of the previous community centre was not appropriate, following which it was decided to demolish it and then come up with the new one. It courted controversy when around 50 bricks in the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi were laid as the foundation stone. Due to objections following a controversy, a day after the ceremony, the bricks had disappeared.

However, local councillor Joshi says that the bricks are still there but underneath. At the time of the ceremony in 2014, Joshi said that since Modi stood for development, for speedy completion of work, bricks with his name were used.

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