Chandigarh is the manifestation of the passionate desire of India’s first Prime Minister, Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru to build a new city that becomes a symbol of modern resurgent India and represents the nation’s faith in the future.
Today, Chandigarh – the City Beautiful is a dream land for every Indian, whether it be for its planned architecture or extensive green cover or quality education and health care facilities that if offers coupled with access to excellent civic amenities.
As Chandigarh’s representative in the Lok Sabha, I strived to quicken the pace of City’s development through greatly enhanced rail/air connectivity, increased employment opportunities in the services sector, particularly IT, upgraded social infrastructure, development of beautiful parks with walkways in all sectors, widening of roads, new Community Centres, many proud additions to PGI & scaling-up of health services elsewhere and quality education in government schools (including a few Smart Schools). For higher education, the city has indeed become a hub.
Efforts were made for inclusive growth of all sections of the society.
It was always my endeavor to be readily available to the City residents, just as the man next door.
Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) funds were put to good use for works which are not accommodated in the overall planning process of the Administration, including those in the Panjab University and PGI. My efforts succeeded in getting appreciable enhancement every year in Budget allocation for the Union Territory (from Rs.1036.77 crores in 2003-04 to Rs.3669.15 crores in 2013-14) without which many development projects in Chandigarh would not have fructified. Plan allocation alone rose from Rs.167.79 crores to Rs.839.01 crores during this period, a five fold increase.
Chandigarh is now home to over a million people. With the concomitant growing need of social and physical infrastructrue, the City is also confronted with various issues - growing traffic leading to congestion at peak hours and increased pollution at some traffic hotspots, increasing demands of water/electricity and requirement of skill development centers to enhance employability of the youth.
Underpasses have been planned. One Road Under Bridge (RUB) has been completed and work on one near Modren Housing Complex should begin soon.