Punjab government on Sunday offered support and co-operation to Chandigarh administration for the overall development and progress of Chandigarh.
Punjab’s Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said that the state government will offer all support and cooperation to the Chandigarh, the capital of Punjab and Haryana for the overall development and progress of city beautiful as one of the country’s best planned city well equipped with ultra modern facilities and civic amenities for its inhabitants.
Badal assured the Punjab Governor and Administrator Union Territory of Chandigarh Shivraj V Patil to extend all possible assistance and cooperation for the expansion of PGIMER, early completion of the metro rail project and international airport on the top priority.
“PGIMER is the pioneer medical and research institute committed to provide the best health care facilities not only to the patient of tri-city at affordable rates but also to the people coming from far flung areas of Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh,” Badal said while offering land for the expansion of PGIMER so as to enable it to function in a far more meaningful and result oriented manner.
Badal also urged Patil to lead a delegation including him and his Haryana counterpart to impress upon the Centre to take up the issues of expansion of PGIMER and early completion of Chandigarh Metro Rail project and an international airport without any further delay as these were of paramount importance for the over development of the tri-city.
He urged Patil to persuade Indian government to further extend the metro rail project which was originally upto Zirakpur in one direction and Mullanpur on the other Kharar, Kurali and Ropar on one side and Banur, Rajpura and Patiala on the other so that the people of these towns could be immensely benefited due to this comfortable transport facility as a viable alternate to the road journey.
Badal also justified his government’s decision to rename Mullanpur as new Chandigarh and said Chandigarh was the brand name of planned development in the tri-city and he sees no harm in naming the city as New Chandigarh which was coming up in a big way with a focus on the latest health and educational facilities.
Meanwhile, Patil praised the state government’s initiative for giving 30 percent subsidy on solar pumps to the farmers in addition to the subsidy provided by Indian government.
Patil urged Badal and Haryana’s Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, as major stake holders to ensure urban development under their states’ jurisdiction especially in Mohali and Punchkula to ensure synergy in the integrated and planned development of tri-city.
“The master plan of Chandigarh was being finalized in the light of emerging needs and requirements of the citizens in the changed scenario, which would be published soon and suggestions thereof from the public invited,” Patil added.