Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shivraj V Patil on Tuesday reprimanded the officials of the UT Administration over delay in execution of long pending proposal of underpasses. He directed that the proposal be handed over to the Municipal Corporation. The decision was taken during a meeting to review the progress of the ongoing projects in the city. Secretaries of different departments attended.
It was several years ago that the proposal for underpasses was mooted keeping in view the increasing traffic congestion in the city. Allocation in the budget is also made every year. However,till date there has been no progress. Not even one of the three underpasses have started.
The Administrator has now directed that the proposal for underpasses should be handed over to the Municipal Corporation. The civic body would now work out the details of the project.
Patil further said that a few departments need to speed up the utilisation of funds placed at their disposal so that the money given by the Centre,for development works is fully utilised. He asked all the concerned officers to ensure 100 per cent utilisation of budget allotted to their respective departments in a stipulated time. He said that he would be happy if the departments would demand extra-funds to provide better facilities to the citizens of Chandigarh.
While reviewing the progress of the departments with respect to their ongoing schemes,Patil made special observations to speed up the work on computerisation to be done in the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
The Administrator gave directions to increase the fleet of buses running on the local routes,in order to increase the frequency of the buses for the city residents. The Administrator laid special emphasis on strict implementation of the provision of Food Security Act as regards the supply of ration to all those eligible. The scheme of starting a trauma center in the City was also discussed at length and directions were given to the officers for early implementation.
Patil stressed upon chalking out a comprehensive plan to provide infrastructure to all educational institutions to strengthen their libraries with audio-visual facilities and also to organise science exhibition in the city with focus on electronic advancements.