UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil on Wednesday pulled up administration officials,during a review meeting held to discuss various issues regarding the city. Sources in the Raj Bhawan said that the top brass of the UT administration was in the line of fire over the issues pertaining to the eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) in the Sukhna Catchment Area,which is yet to be approved,besides the inordinate delay in putting the Master Plan draft of the city in the public domain,The matter regarding the new excise policy was also taken up for discussion.
He was particularly concerned about the slow pace of works in the city. Sources said that Patil asked the officials to drop the condition that hotels and resorts could come up near the Sukhna Catchment area. A multi-star hotel has already come up in the area.
Also,the administrator has asked the officials to change the proposal mooted by an expert committee,which was constituted to prepare a plan for ESZ around the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary.
It has been claimed that the recommendations of the UT expert committee to declare ‘5 km area around the Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary as ESZ was ‘holding up the plan finalisation for long. Another contentious issue of ‘height restriction of new constructions in ESZ had also raised concerns.
The UT administrator also strongly expressed his displeasure over the delay being caused in finalising the draft Master plan.
Chandigarh Newsline had,earlier,reported that in an apparent delaying tactic a three-member committee had been constituted to give an administrative opinion on the Master Plan over and above the approval of Patil.
Patil also discussed the Excise Policy 2013-14,which came into effect from Wednesday,and asked about the clause in the policy that liquor vends could not be allowed to come up on private land. Acting on the orders of the Supreme Court,38 vends,which were running on government land,had to shut operations on April 30.
UT Advisor K K Sharma,Home Secretary Anil Kumar,Finance Secretary V K Singh and Secretary Forests D K Tiwari were present at the meeting.