The year 2016 was a great one for Chandigarh. From being called as the perfect city by BBC to getting the world heritage tag and from awarded the second cleanest city to one of the happiest cities of India, everything went great. We wish that year 2017 would bring in more fame to the city and even more joys to the residents.
Here are 11 things to look out for in Chandigarh or we should say that the things that will make news in 2017.
Post demonetization of 500 and 1000 notes in November 2016, it is expected that in 2017 the city beautiful will go cashless in terms of transactions.Although many people have started using paytm, mobikwik and many other sites for paying for their daily expenses, UT Administration and Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh is working hard to make the city go cashless in 2017.
In 2016, Chandigarh International Airport started functioning and the very first International flight took off from the Airport in September 2016 to Sharjah. In 2017, people of Chandigarh may get to fly to countries like Singapore, Bangkok, London and Abu Dhabi. Most of the airlines have shown interest to start their services from the city beautiful.
More Domestic Flights
With the increasing number of travellers, Chandigarh International Airport has also increased the number of flights to various destinations. Recently the flight to Leh has been started from Chandigarh after 12 years. In 2017, airport authority has also planned to schedule flights to Goa, Hyderabad, Pune, Chennai and different cities of India.
The road from Mohali to Kharar is redundant and demanded repair.To make it safe for the travellers, 5 km stretch of elevated road has been constructed from Chandigarh to Kharar. 6 lane flyover laying work has been started by Larsen & Toubro and is estimated to cost around Rs. 408 crore. The most awaited flyover would be functionally available to road users in 2017.
Smart City Projects
In 2016, Chandigarh made it to the list of smart cities of India. And to fulfil the requirements of the smart city project, UT Administration has sought Rs. 400 crore grant. The amount is to be utilised to set up a command control and command centre, environmental centres and installation of 5000 CCTV cameras in the city. Chandigarh would also get Integrated traffic management and better citizen services delivery through e-governance.
24×7 Water Supply
Water woes of the city beautiful may end by September 2017 as uninterrupted 24X7 water supply is under planning schedule of the Administration. UT administration VP Singh Badnore laid the foundation stone for the work in October 2016. The project is estimated to cost Rs. 21 crore. The pipes are being laid from Jandpur village in SAS Nagar to Sector 39 waterworks.
In the early phases of the year 2017, Chandigarh is all set to get its Mayor in the first week of January. The post has been reserved for the women candidate this year as BJP won 21 seats out of 26 in the election in December, hence gets to choose the next mayor of the city for a year which awaits the disclosure by the first week of January 2017.
More PU Hostels
Punjab University has been improved in terms of its financial status. On the allotted land of 135 acres in Sarangpur, Punjab University is all set to build a new residential accommodation (hostel). One third of the area of the whole land will be used for hostel for researchers, middle third for the sports complex and rest will be dedicated to new projects.
Some more Government Schools and Sports Complexes
Education Department of the city has also set their goals for 2017 for the improvement of education scenario of Chandigarh. In 2017, 6 new Government Schools are planned to be opened in Chandigarh.4 new sports complexes in different Government Schools would also come up with the aim to improve sports infrastructure and to encourage students to take part in Sports activities.
Cancer Hospital in Mullanpur
Taking into consideration the health of the people of Chandigarh, Tata Memorial Centre (TMC) hospital is getting opened at Mullanpur in 2017. The construction work has been allotted to Shapoorji Pallonji Group by the Union Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and would cost about Rs. 480 crore to be completed in 24 months.
Tourism – World heritage status to Capital Complex
It is expected that Chandigarh may increase its number of tourists visiting the city in 2017. As many development steps are put forth in this direction. UNESCO has awarded the Capitol Complex, Chandigarh with the status of World heritage.
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