Special Correspondent

A show of Punjab-Haryana cooperation and harmony

  • This road meets a long-pending demand of the residents of Panchkula and Mansa Devi Complex
  • The Chandigarh Administration is also planning to construct one more route from National Highway-21

    CHANDIGARH: Residents of Panchkula near here were all smiles on Wednesday as Punjab Governor and Union Territory of Chandigarh Administrator S. F. Rodrigues and Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda inaugurated a second road link to the satellite town, falling in Haryana, constructed by the Chandigarh Administration near the Rajiv Gandhi Technology Park here.

    This road meets a long-pending demand of the residents of Panchkula and Mansa Devi Complex.

    It was a show of inter-State cooperation and harmony as both the dignitaries, after cutting the ceremonial ribbon to mark the inauguration of the new road link amid release of balloons and plantation of saplings at the Haryana-Chandigarh boundary, drove together to the stage of the felicitation ceremony.

    Gen. Rodrigues emphasised the need for an enhanced collective endeavour for the faster development of the Chandigarh Capital Region through active public-private partnership. He called for constitution of a core group of officers of the Chandigarh Administration and the Haryana Government for sorting out the various common issues linked with the development of the area. He said the new road link would not only decongest the main Madhya Marg-Panchkula route but also give a short cut for the residents of the satellite town.

    The Chandigarh Administration is also planning to construct one more route from National Highway-21 (opposite village Hallomajra) to Industrial Area, Sector 16, Panchkula. The work has already started and is likely to be completed in nine months. The process for introducing mass rapid transport system connecting Panchkula-Chandigarh-Greater Mohali has already started and RITES has been named as consultant for this project.

    Reacting to the demand for setting up a tourist centre near the regulator end of Sukhna Lake by the Panchkula residents, Gen. Rodrigues said the Chandigarh Administration had already started the process of revitalising and restoring the original capacity of Sukhna Lake and also setting up an aquatic bio-sphere park.

    Mr. Hooda stressed the need for giving effective connectivity through four more road links to facilitate a balanced growth of the tri-city comprising Panchkula-Chandigarh-Mohali. He called for composite development of the tri-cities and declared that Panchkula would be developed as a "showpiece of Haryana''.