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UT Admin puts demolition of community centres on hold

The decision comes a day after Chandigarh Newsline’s report of wedding plans of 32 families going haywire.

Written by Hina Rohtaki | Chandigarh | Published: November 7, 2019 11:51:36 am
UT Admin puts demolition of community centres on hold At Community Centre, Sector 21, Chandigarh. (Express Photo)

A day after Chandigarh Newsline’s report on how the wedding plans of 32 families had gone haywire as the UT Administration decided to dismantle two community centres for their re-construction, the administration put the demolition plans on hold on Wednesday. The two community centres to be dismantled and re-constructed are located at Sector 21 and Ram Darbar.

A senior officer of the Chandigarh Administration said that he called up the acting Chief Engineer of the Municipal Corporation, Shalender Kumar, on Wednesday morning and informed him that the drive had been put on hold until the after weddings, scheduled to take place at the centres. He also informed that the water and power connections of the two buildings would be restored within a day.

Bookings at Sector 21 community centre have been made till December 8, while the same at Ram Darbar centre has been made till January. Till then, the two centres will not be dismantled. The corporation has also stopped taking any more wedding function bookings for the two community centres.

Chandigarh Municipal Corporation had asked the UT Administration to renovate the community centres in the city as the civic body did not have the funds required for the projects. The project of re-building the centres had been pending for months and only after Member of Parliament Kirron Kher laid the foundation stone of the new community centres here, the administration swung into action.

However, the administration scheduled the demolition and re-construction of the centres without coordinating with the Chandigarh MC, which kept making bookings for wedding functions. While eight wedding functions are scheduled to take place at Sector 21 community centre, 24 wedding functions are to take place at Ram Darbar centre.

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