In what will fulfill a long pending demand of the residents of the southern sectors,four dispensaries will come up in different sectors. The order for approval to transfer land from the UT Administration to the Municipal Corporation was on Tuesday handed over by the UT Adviser to the Mayor.
The dispensaries will be constructed in Sectors 48,49,50 and 52. The Punjab Governor and UT Administrator have directed that the construction of the dispensaries will have to be completed within two years. In case,the Municipal Corporation fails to do so,the land will be taken back by the Administration.
Three years back,the primary health department was transferred to the civic body from the UT Administration. However,the transfer seemed only on paper as not many powers were given to the MC. For the first time,the civic body will construct dispensaries.
Mayor Subhash Chawla said,The Administration has given approval for transfer of land for construction of four dispensaries. Attempts will be made to start work at the earliest. The dispensaries will mainly benefit the residents of the southern sectors. The BJP had been claiming that no big project was announced for the city in the budget this year. Instead of making announcements,we have ensured that work is undertaken.
A substantial part of the population of the city resides in the southern sectors with there being a large number of group housing societies. However,some basic facilities,including dispensaries were unavailable. Once possession of land is taken the process to prepare the plans will be undertaken.
Satish Sharma,general secretary of the Chandigarh Social Welfare Council,while welcoming the step,stated that this had been a long pending demand of the residents.
We do hope that construction will begin at the earliest and the project does not get stalled,due to roadblocks that are often experienced, Sharma said.