IN HIS address to city residents during Independence Day celebrations at the Parade Ground, UT Adviser to Administrator Vijay Kumar Dev said that an action plan had been chalked out to bridge the divide between the northern and southern sectors of the city.
“Infrastructural gap between these two parts has been an area of concern for me. An action plan has now been chalked out to augment road infrastructure, water supply, sanitation, education and health in these areas so as to bridge the gap,” he said.
In a shift from past tradition, the UT Adviser chaired the Independence Day function, which is usually headed by Punjab Governor-cum-UT Administrator. Since the post has been vacant since January this year and Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki, who has the additional charge as Punjab Governor and UT Administrator, was in Panchkula, the adviser became the chief guest at the function.
The adviser assured that additional 40 MGD water from Kajauli water works would be made available by next summer. He said that laying of the requisite pipeline in Chandigarh as well as upgradation work at Sector 39 water works had been put in motion for this purpose.
Dev unfurled the national flag and took salute from various contingents of police and NCC cadets participating in the Independence Day parade.
He said that in his last eight months of service, his singular thrust was on building connect with citizens, and to make way for a new era of responsive and accountable administration.
The UT adviser said Chandigarh was already among 100 cities which were to be turned smart. Efforts were already underway to make it to the list of 20 cities, to be taken up during first phase of smart city scheme. He added that time-bound delivery of services was the “avowed objectives of my administration” and hence institutional reforms were underway in public-dealing departments like estate office, municipal corporation and Chandigarh Housing Board.
Dev promised to make Chandigarh Police as smart police, and said initiatives like I-click kiosks, mobile safety app, operation muskan had been recently launched. “It has also been decided to promote constables to head constables on completion of nine years of service,” he said.