Many projects hanging fire due to opposition from Bansal,kin

Over the past few years,the city has witnessed no major projects being set up.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: May 10, 2013 2:52:24 am

Over the past few years,the city has witnessed no major projects being set up. Rather,several projects mooted over the past few years have been scrapped following Union Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal’s vocal opposition. The repercussions of such decisions are still being felt in the city with the bureaucracy reluctant to take decisions.

Several mega projects were proposed for Chandigarh a few years back during the tenure of former Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Gen (Retd) S F Rodrigues. These included the Medicity,Amusement-cum-Theme Park and Filmcity. Most of these projects witnessed opposition from Bansal.

One of the reasons for the present mess was the tussle between Bansal and Gen Rodrigues. Most of the projects entered into controversies with inquiries being initiated by the CBI and CVC. Gradually,the projects were scrapped one after the other. The officials who were involved in the projects found themselves in the dock with allegations of irregularities emerging. Bansal remained a vocal opponent of these ventures.

President of the city unit of BJP Sanjay Tandon maintains some of the projects were good for the city. “These would have been an asset with city youth getting employed. However,due to the tussle between Gen Rodrigues and Pawan Bansal,these were affected. The local MP felt that he was not consulted. At the end of the day,the sufferer is the common man,” Tandon said.

Tandon added that while no project could take off in the last few years,the bureaucrats were scared of taking decisions. The situation was much worse now with no decisions being taken and there being a slowdown of functioning.

Bansal had in the past opposed the mega projects stating that these were based on the whims of one person and were doomed. Opposing Filmcity,he had stated that there was no need for it as realtors would have taken over the land and demanded change in land use. He had also opposed the Modern Terminal Market on the grounds that the city would not be able to bear the onslaught of traffic that would be a side-effect of setting up the market.

More recently,a day market coming up at Mauli Jagran met with opposition from the Congress. While the construction of the market was underway,the Congress councillors brought an agenda in the meeting of the general house asking for the project to be scrapped. The project had been in the pipeline for some time and faced numerous roadblocks before the construction could start. The work now stands incomplete. The BJP had blamed Madhu Bansal,the wife of the minister,for getting the project stalled.

“It was Madhu Bansal who visited the area and held a meeting with a section of the vendors and announced that the project would be scrapped. Following this,the Congress councillors raised a hue and cry and got the project stalled. Due to this,the people who could have benefited are suffering,” said former area councillor of Mauli Jagran Anil Dubey.

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