WEEKS after Panchkula was ousted from the race of securing Smart City status, residentsare now vying for the formation of Tricity Development Board, to ensure development of Panchkula at par with Chandigarh and Mohali.
The board is envisioned on the lines of the National Capital Region (NCR) comprising Delhi and adjoining areas, and will include representatives from Panchkula, Chandigarh and Mohali. As per the plan, the board will collectively consider proposals for development of the tri-city as a whole unit, in terms of infrastructure, health, education and IT-enabled services.
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“It has been a persistent demand of the residents that all three cities be developed as a unit and none is neglected. The cities not only share a common border, but are also dependent on each other. A joint front agency should be formed so that there can be mutual development. We could not pitch for Smart City, but we think this step will ensure development for Panchkula,” said S K Nayar, chairman, ICF.
A delegation of Indian Citizens Forum (ICF), a residents’ association, had also met Kaptan Singh Solanki, Governor, Haryana and Punjab, and the UT Administrator at Raj Bhawan, in August to press for the formation of the Board. While, Solanki had expressed solidarity with the demand of the residents, no formal decision was taken.
The issue was flagged by Haryana Health minister Anil Vij, who had urged the Union Urban Development Ministry, to form the Tricity Board on the pattern of NCR for speedy development of the region.
The proposal was recently taken up in a recent meeting held in Raj Bhawan which was attended by Haryana Chief Minister Haryana Manohar Lal Khattar, Deputy Chief Minister, Punjab, Sukhbir Singh Badal, UT Finance Secretary, Sarvjit Singh. As per report, all representatives had agreed in principle to form the joint front as ‘Tri-city Development Board’.
The residents highlighted that the Board will be able to discuss business-opportunities and joint ventures like metro, Rapid Transport System, uniform imposition of taxes to bring goods at par each other; eSampark system and various other services, uniformly in all the three cities.