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Community centre demolition: Citing lack of coordination, family changes wedding venue

The family said that a contractor had told them that building will be demolished as he was yet to get a written order.

Community centre demolition: Citing lack of coordination, family changes wedding venue
At Community Centre, Sector 21, Chandigarh. (Express Photo)

A day after the UT administration put on hold its decision to demolish two community centres, one of the families which had a wedding scheduled for this Sunday at one of the centres changed their venue citing “lack of coordination” between the Municipal Corporation and the administration.

The family said that a contractor had told them that building will be demolished as he was yet to get a written order.

Kanhaiya, whose sister’s wedding was scheduled at the community centre in Sector 21, said,” Instead of making arrangements for my sister’s wedding, we are frequenting the offices of the officials. After getting to know that UT has put on hold the demolition, we went to make arrangements at community centre. But the contractor said he had got no written orders and thus will demolish it”.

“ We kept asking officials to give directions to the contractor. Whatever has been happening, it is all verbal. The water and power connection has also not been restored,” he said adding that they will now hold wedding in a ground near their house.

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As many as 32 families, with their weddings planned at community centres of Sector 21 and Ram Darbar, were left in the lurch after the administration decided to pull down the existing buildings of these centres and build new ones.

A day after Chandigarh Newsline reported the issue, the administration Wednesday put on hold the demolition. Bookings at Sector 21 community centre have been made till December 8, while Ram darbar’s centre was booked till January. Till then, these centres will not be dismantled, the UT engineers told the civic body over phone. While eight weddings are scheduled to take place in Sector 21 community centre, 24 are scheduled to take place at Ram darbar’s centre.

The Municipal Corporation has asked UT Administration to construct community centres for them as they did not have funds. As MP Kirron Kher laid the foundation stone of the two community centres, the Chandigarh Administration that had been sitting over the project for the last many months swung into action and decided to pull the two buildings down without coordinating with the Municipal Corporation which kept making back-to-back bookings at the community centres.