J S Gogia, General Secretary, sounded the bugle on the issue of increase in rates of petrol, diesel, gas, transportation, logistics as well as hike in rates of water and its impact on the everyday life of citizens.
The UT Administrator directed that the mobile teams for Covid-19 testing must be sent to crowded places, such as Apni Mandis, bus stands, railway station, Sukhna Lake, Rose Festival venue and such other places, where people gather in large number.
Chandigarh Deputy Commissioner–cum estate officer Mandip Singh Brar ordered dismissal of an employee in a surprise check conducted at the UT estate office here on Wednesday afternoon. Employees of the estate office were in for a shock on Wednesday when they found Brar had raided their office. The Deputy Commissioner when asked one employee as […]
Residents of Hallomajra too sent in pictures of broken roads in the internal lanes. Tiles were kept alongside in the lanes. Also, another resident mentioned that roads in Industrial Area Phase I is in bad condition near colony number 4.
As many as 100 employees of the Chandigarh Housing Board were issued warning notices by then chief executive officer of the board. The CEO had even found most of the employees missing during office hours, resulting in public dealing being hampered.
As the councillors couldn’t get the works done last year due to Covid, each was asked to send in a list of priority works, which they wish to get it done in Rs 30 lakh first. A copy of the list is with The Indian Express.
In 2004-05, the Chandigarh Administration had announced digitisation of files with the estate office to reduce public interface. In a tie-up with Bank of India, an agency was hired to digitise around 60,000 files. However, the work was left midway.
Earlier, a budget of Rs 89 lakh was allocated for rose festival. However, in view of the pandemic, it was decided that only symbolic celebrations will be held as the councillors had opposed the expenditure on the festival and had suggested that the same amount be spent on development works in the ward.
Even entry to the estate office building is now possible only by online appointment, which takes around 10-12 days. Interestingly, you need an online appointment every time you go to check the status of your file being delayed by officials themselves.
The Indian Express accompanied Kuljit Singh, an architect in his late 60s, who has been trying to obtain an occupation certificate for his client Roopa Sharma, owner of a house in Sector 34, since February 8, 2016.
Getting permissions from the estate office is a test of patience and nerves. While the UT Administration may make tall claims of digitisation, one needs to wait for countless hours, and make innumerable visits to the estate office to be seen and heard by the officials.
The Municipal Corporation's own expected revenue is really low as compared to the budget it has prepared. From petrol pumps, the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation aims to earn Rs 130 crore while from property tax it expects to earn Rs 50 crore.