Finance and contract committee meeting: MC to develop parks in market areas, no policy on chhabeels

The engineering wing has been ordered to begin with the work soon. The committee members suggested that green parks in the market area will provide a place for recreation for the visitors.

Written by Hina Rohtaki | Chandigarh | Published: June 17, 2016 5:46:06 am

In the Finance and Contract Committee meeting on Thursday, the municipal corporation decided to develop green parks in the market areas of the city. As a pilot project, four parks will be developed in sector 38-D, Mayor Arun Sood’s ward, at an estimated cost of Rs 24.93 lakh.

Sood said, “This is the first time that green parks will be developed in a commercial belt. Though the provision of having green pockets in the market areas was always there in the master plan, it was never developed. So the first project will take off from Sector 38-D.”

The engineering wing has been ordered to begin with the work soon. The committee members suggested that green parks in the market area will provide a place for recreation for the visitors. “People who come to the market, will now get a place for recreation,” added Sood.

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However, committee member Subhash Chawla raised the issue that this was not in the purview of the civic body. “There is no such clarity on the agenda. Are they going to frame a policy on it. If there is a vacant land, how can they beautify it. Won’t they need the approval of the chief architect? They had no answer these questions,” he said.

The committee also decided that a particular rent may be fixed for online cabs that are being parked in the parking areas. This issue was taken up by councillor Saurabh Joshi who said the online cabs were not being charged by the MC and they had encroached upon the parking areas meant for visitors.

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The committee then approved that possibilities may be explored to fix charges or rent from these kind of service providers and school bus operators.

No policy on chhabeels, only advisory

On framing a policy for holding chabeels in the city, Sood said only advisory be issued. “I will issue an advisory tomorrow (Friday) only regarding cleanliness, traffic management and other routine things,” he said. It created a controversy when the civic body ordered that road side chabeels using plastic and posing a sanitation hazard be removed. BJP leaders, including senior deputy mayor Davesh Moudgil, said the orders be revoked as religious sentiments were being hurt.

Food fest from Oct 14 to October 16

The committee members accorded approval to organise the International Food Festival at Leisure Valley in Sector 10 from October 14 to 16. The festival will be held according to the rules and policies of the MC.

Other agendas

The firemen will get new breathing appratus sets. The committee accorded approval to the purchase of 44 breathing apparatus sets for fire and emergency services of the municipal corporation at an estimated cost of Rs 36.63 lakh.
It was also discussed that bid may be invited for selecting technical adviser from the list sent by the Ministry of Urban Development regarding the waste to energy plant.

The engineering wing was also asked to give a status report regarding sewerage treatment plants and the tertiary treated water supply.

Toilet blocks

The civic body has made yet another attempt for the maintenance of toilet blocks. It was suggested that toilets in mini markets be handed over to the Resident Welfare Associations of the area for maintenance and the agenda regarding maintenance of 114 toilet blocks in the city be put up in the next general House meeting of the municipal corporation.

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