GIVING A nod to the setting up of a medical college in Panchkula in collaboration with the 300-bedded General Hospital, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday announced a financial grant of Rs 20 crore for the development of Panchkula.
Khattar was in Panchkula to address Vikas Rally in Sector 16. “Out of a grant of Rs 20 crore, Rs 10 crore will be for development of the town while Rs 10 crore will be for rural areas,” said Khattar, as he granted approval to various pending projects. The announcement for the medical college was made by Health Minister Anil Vij on his visit to Panchkula last year.
Apart from the medical college, the Chief Minister said that National India Institute of Fashion Technology (NIIFT) would soon be opened in Sector 23, where 10-acre land had already been earmarked for the purpose. “Sanskrit College will be set up in Mansa Devi Complex and a polytechnic and multi-skill centre will be set up on 5-acre land in Sector 26,” he said. The audience began clapping only after repeated announcements, and the clapping died out soon.
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Accepting the demand for starting evening law classes in Government College, Sector 1, Khattar said that apart from evening classes, a separate law college would also be set up. Among other projects, he approved Haryana Roadways Sub-Depot with a workshop on 4.5-acre land in Phase-2, Industrial Area.
“There is a long pending demand of residents, so now they will be allowed to build additional floors on HUDA booths to discourage encroachment on public land. The demand for railway underpass in Sector 19 will be taken up with the Railways,” he said, adding that he would look into the 62 demands made by BJP MLA Gian Chand Gupta as given in the memorandum.
Talking about the Nirmal Gaon campaign, Khattar said that Panchkula would be the first district in the state to have toilet facility in every house, following which Rs 1 lakh would be given to every village, Rs 5 lakh to every block and Rs 20 lakh to every Zila Parishad.
During his address, Khattar called Commissioner of Police R C Mishra and Deputy Commissioner Mandeep Brar on the stage and sought their support to end corruption. He urged all officials to end corruption, and asked people to come forward with suggestions. “Na khayenge, na khane denge. Agar phir bhi logon ka vishwas kissi ne toda, to humein seedha karna aata hai,” he said.
The CM arrived an hour late; he was scheduled to come at 5:30 pm. A number of people had begun to leave, soon after the event began. Eatables were provided for the public.
Panchkula MLA Gian Chand Gupta, Kalka MLA Latika Sharma and Ambala MP Ratan Lal Kataria were also present, and highlighted their demands for the area. Be it the problem of flies, pending salaries of HMT workers, affiliation of Panchkula colleges to Panjab University, and Tricity quota in Chandigarh schools, various demands were made on the occasion.