The Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh and its counterpart in Zirakpur and Panchkula have joined hands to conduct a joint survey in order to sort out the border disputes in the tricity. In a first-of-its-kind meeting held today,the future course of development for the tricity was discussed and debated. Upgrading of transport facilities as well as the idea of setting up of a crisis management group was also mooted.
Mayor Kamlesh said that pooling of resources was the way forward. We plan to set up a crisis management group. Any emergency that arises in the city,Panchkula,Mohali or Zirakpur would be tackled jointly. Other services like the fire service could also be shared. Zirakpur has offered to pay for the fire services on a monthly or yearly basis. They also have offered us land to set up the infrastructure for fire services. The entry points to Chandigarh would also be beautified, she said.
She added that there are border disputes in the tricity that need to be sorted out. After a joint survey,recommendations would be made to the Administration.
The Panchkula Municipal Council,meanwhile,has offered to share its water resources. President Ravinder Rawal said,We are building a dam over Ghaggar to channelise the water. In a few years,we would be able to spare 50 MGD of water that can we can be shared with the adjoining areas. Panchkula has a system of involving the residents for the development and maintenance of parks. We put forth this idea in the meeting and it was appreciated.
Meanwhile,president of the Zirakpur Municipal Council,N K Sharma,said they would be asking their respective governments to provide better transportation facilities. The monorail or the Metro should be introduced in the region. It should link Chandigarh,Panchkula,Zirakpur and Mohali. The water crisis is a serious issue and sharing of resources would be important in the future, he said. The next meeting is scheduled to be held in Panchkula sometime in March.