The Chandigarh Administration,the state governments of Punjab and Haryana have agreed to develop Chandigarh as a solar city.
The decision comes on the heels of Union Government declaring Chandigarh as a solar city. At a meeting held here at Punjab Raj Bhawan and chaired by Governor and Administrator UT Chandigarh,Shivraj V Patil,there was unanimity on this issue among various stake holders.
Punjab Chief Minister,Parkash Singh Badal and Haryana Chief Minister,Bhupinder Singh Hooda agreed that once Chandigarh is made a solar city,solar thermal and photovoltaic energy can be used by the governments and private persons in their buildings. The energy that is not drawn from the grid can be used by the industry.
Besides,the proposal to promote Chandigarh as a solar city,other proposals that were agreed included the Metro Rail for Mohali,Chandigarh and Panchkula. A detailed presentation on the proposed plan on Metro was given. Official sources told that the Chief Minister of Punjab agreed to the proposal in principle while the Chief Minister of Haryana agreed to examine the proposal in detail. The Speaker of Legislature of Assembly,Leader of opposition,Chief Secretary and other officers of Punjab and Haryana attended the meeting.
The points discussed in the meeting included Metro-rail,Planning for proper development of three cities,transport system used in Union Territory,Chandigarh,Cess to be levied on liquor,utilization of solar energy in the Union Territory and the two States,construction of office building and houses for those working in the government at higher level in the legislature and the Judiciary.
Sources said that officials told at the meeting that Chandigarh has prepared a plan for the development of Chandigarh keeping in view its character and needs to expand. Punjab has come out with a Plan for the expansion and development of Mohali. Haryana has also prepared a Plan for the development of Panchkula. It was suggested that these plans could be considered at the level of the Chief Secretaries of the two states and the Adviser of the Union Territory and other officers,the policies made in this respect could be discussed with the Chief Ministers of both the States and the Administrator of Union Territory.
It was suggested that the plans should be implemented by the concerned governments according to the principle evolved by the government authorities. While implementing the plans,the policies agreed to should be kept in view. It was suggested that excise duty in Punjab,Haryana and UT Chandigarh should be identical so check smuggling of liquor.