The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, has suggested that an effective mechanism be put in place through mutual co-operation to ensure development of the tri-city comprising Panchkula, Chandigarh and Mohali,

  • Chandigarh, July 10--The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, has suggested that an effective mechanism be put in place through mutual co-operation to ensure  development of the tri-city comprising Panchkula, Chandigarh and Mohali, and to resolve the issues affecting the lives of people in these cities.
  •         He was speaking at a panel discussion on the holistic development of tri-city, here today. The Punjab Governor and Administrator of the Union Territory of Chandigarh, Mr V.P Singh Badnore, and the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, were also present.
  •         The Chief Minister said he had written a letter to the Union Home Minister, Mr Rajnath Singh, impressing upon him the need and urgency to create a statutorily empowered and dedicated board or authority for homogeneous development of the tri-city.
  •           “I would also write a letter to the Punjab Chief Minister in this regard. A tri-city Planning Board should be constituted for the tri-city on the pattern of the National Capital Region (NCR) Planning Board for the development of the three cities, especially infrastructure”, he added.
  •         On the suggestion that came up during the discussion for  sharing the revenue of Chandigarh between Punjab and Haryana in 60:40 ratio, the Chief Minister said it would not be appropriate to share the revenue of Chandigarh between the states as the citizens of Chandigarh had the first right on it. Hence, revenue sharing would be an injustice to the people of Chandigarh.
  •        Mr Manohar Lal suggested that the civic bodies of the three cities could take up such issues of common interest as waste management and metro connectivity, and also share the cost of such projects.
  •         The Haryana Government constituted Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) about six months ago and a citizen advisory council has also been set up. A similar advisory council comprising people from Panchkula, Chandigarh and Mohali should be constituted to give suggestions for the development of tri-city, he added.
  •       On the issue of Panjab University, Mr Manohar Lal described it as a prestigious instituition and said Haryana had made a request to be a partner in the university. Earlier also, Haryana had become a partner in this university.
  •         On the issue of making Panchkula and Mohali smart cities, Mr Manohar Lal said one of the major obstacles dogging the path of progress of Panchkula was lack of proper connectivity between Panchkula and Chandigarh. A huge railway under-bridge connecting Chandigarh with Panchkula is proposed to be constructed after which a major portion of the traffic of Chandigarh could be shifted to Panchkula, he added.