Chandigarh is no more a sleeping city or an empty nest and is now full of educational as well as job opportunities,said local MP Pawan Kumar Bansal while inaugurating the newly-built overbridge in Sector 17 on Friday.
Bansal added with the growth of social and physical infrastructure,young people would find it easier to settle in the city rather than going out to look for jobs. Praising efforts of the UT Administration and the municipal corporation for providing better opportunities for Chandigarh citizens,Bansal said the city never faced a shortage of funds from the Centre.
Although the city is a paradise compared to other cities when it comes to cleanliness and is regarded as modern Indias symbol,there is still the growing problem of malba. There is a need to make it a malba-free city, he said.
Talking about the overbridge,Mayor Subash Chawla said the city centre had been planned as a pedestrian paradise. One over-bridge has already been constructed and the new over-bridge in front of KC and Anand Theatre,which has been constructed as per Le Corbusiers conceptual plan,will facilitate pedestrian movement from Madhya Marg till Neelam Theatre in the Plaza,he said.
The construction for the overbridge,started in March last year at an overall cost of Rs 16 crore,has a dual carriage-way with a pedestrian walkway on both sides. There are also 40 booths below the bridge. A decision the booths is yet to be taken. Chawla further stated that the increasing mall culture in the city was eliminating the liveliness of the City Centre in Sector 17. To keep the heart of the city alive,MC has taken several steps like multi-level parking,allotment of circus ground for weddings and weekly entertainment programmes, he said.