Chandigarh MP Pawan Kumar Bansal discusses the controversial mega projects
Member of Parliament from Chandigarh Pawan Kumar Bansal favours scrapping of mega projects like Medicity,Filmcity and Terminal Market,but feels projects like Amusement-cum-Theme Park and Educity are required.
In an interview with Newsline,the Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources said development in the city should be broad-based.
Instead of Medicity,he said,the city required medical facilities in the sectors. He said going ahead with the Medicity project was not a wise idea.
Recently,UT officials gave Administrator Shivraj Patil a presentation on the status of the project. The officials had said the Administration was making attempts to revive the project.
There needs to be balanced development of health facilities. For this,the existing health centres should be strengthened and efforts should be made to provide medical facilities in every sector, Bansal said.
He added that in his opinion a hospital should be built for the southern sectors.
Bansal,who has developed a good rapport with Patil after an acrimonious relationship with his predecessor Gen S F Rodrigues (Retd),said the scrapped Filmcity project was not needed in the city.
Instead,he added,locations where film units could shoot,should be developed.
The Dara Studio developed for the purpose is now a wedding venue. The facilities available at the National Institute of Technical Teachers Training and Research (NTTTR) and Doordarshan Kendra are also not being properly utilised, Bansal said. A filmcity could not have succeeded.
He termed the Phase II and III of the IT Park as abuse and misuse of power and said there was no talk of phases when the project was approved.
These came later just to help real estate developers. The land was acquired by the Administration and given to realtors for peanuts, he said.
Bansal said in the coming years,the Administration might have to pay increased compensation to landowners whose land was acquired for these projects.
These landowners are fighting cases in court against the amount of compensation they were given.
In case the courts decide in the favour of the landowners,the Administration would have to pay enhanced compensation, he said.
According to Bansal,the Amusement-cum-Theme Park project,which has been scrapped by the Administration,was needed.
But he termed the Terminal Market project as a cruel joke. Such a project would clog the roads. The thought of it is against the concept of the city, he said.
Commenting on the Punjab government not agreeing to share the water of Kajauli Phase V and VI with Chandigarh,Bansal said city residents can be assured that their just and legitimate needs will be met.
Appreciating the efforts being made by the Administration to desilt the Sukhna Lake,he said a project for the lake could take shape when Union Minister for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh visits the city on July 9.