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Chandigarh City to be made slum-free Dec 29

If the dwelling plans for the poor by the Chandigarh Housing Board (CHB) materialise, 2010 will witness real progress on the slum rehabilitation front.

“The task of providing quality living to the city’s poor is quite big but we are putting in a lot of effort in this direction. The most challenging task the CHB faces in 2010 is rehabilitation of slum dwellers in 18 colonies, and make Chandigarh a smoke-free and slum-free city in the country. The two-phased scheme has already been included in the City Development Plan,” said Sanjay Kumar, Housing-cum-Finance Secretary, UT Administration.

It was way back in 1979 that the CHB had been first assigned the work of rehabilitating the jhuggi dwellers. Under the scheme, 2,712 sites had been developed in Dadumajra and Karsan that won CHB its first National Award from HUDCO, recalled Mr Sanjay Kumar.

G J S Rosha, Chief Engineer, CHB, said:“In Phase I, the CHB plans to construct 6,368 units with an average gross density of 58 units per acre. In the second phase, 17,473 units will be constructed.

While 80 per cent of the project cost will be borne by the Centre, 12 per cent will be met by contributions from the beneficiaries, and eight per cent by the Chandigarh Administration.”

Against the target of 25,728 dwelling units for the slum dwellers, the construction work has already started on 12,864 units and the CHB hopes to hand over 600 units by March, 2010. The UT Administration has earmarked 356.38 acres of land for the rehabilitation project. Out of this, 216.31 acres located at four locations — Dhanas, Maloya-I, Sector 49 and Sector 38 (W) — have been made available to the CHB, which has paid Rs 198.28 crore on account of the cost of the land to the Chandigarh Administration.

Rosha said up to November 30, 2009, the CHB had spent Rs 143.81 crore on the construction of dwelling units.

It has received Rs 145.49 crore as central share of the scheme and Rs 30.99 crore as state share.

The CHB is expecting Rs 178 crore more from the Centre in the current financial year.

Chad Mullens a tourist explores the best gardens in Chandigarh Oct 23

Chandigarh is India’s well constructed city. Its architecture is world class and unparalleled, and offers a good quality of living conditions. This place is a dream project of Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru and Le Corbusier. This is the very first planned city in India. It was rightfully named the “Beautiful City” because it is not just rich but also prosperous of spic and span and green nature. It definitely lives up to its branding. - Chad Mullens

The Chandigarh is also known as the Garden City of India. They have a wide collection of garden plants all well maintained. Cleanliness greatly adds beauty to the surroundings. The locals love to be in touch with nature and the cosmos and they manifest this by keeping their environment clean. The Chandigarh was even proclaimed the World’s Rock Garden and the Largest Rose Garden in Asia. Because of this, Chandigarh has always been in the list of favorite spots to visit around the world. - Chad Mullens

Rock Garden Chandigarh

This is the premier attraction in Chandigarh since 1958. It was created by Nek Chand Saini. This was formed out of the urban waste materials found in the city. These urban wastes include tin cans, bottles, plates, broken plugs and saucers. These materials were formed into beautiful textures and patterns. There were many materials were formed out of these wastes. The place has series of chamber but the first phase is a small canyon. The place has broken ceramics of human and animal form.

Chandigarh Botanical gardens

There were two botanical gardens in the place - Botanical Garden of Punjab University and another one between Rock Garden and Sukhna Lake. These botanical gardens are the main attractions of the place. The Punjab University Botanical garden is a place full of cacti and succulent plants. It has both evergreen and exotic plants. Lotus flowers are also abundant.

The Botanical garden between Rock Garden and Sukhna Lake has rare species of plants and pools of small lilies. This is a big garden with a total area of 88 acres. There is one botanical garden still to be developed up to now. It also grows trees that offer medicinal value and indigenous species of plants.

Chandigarh Bougainvillea Park

This is one garden where you can find all varieties of bougainvillea flowers. This was created in 1976. There are 65 varieties of bougainvillea in this place. This also has creepers that contain collection of arches, pavilions, bowers and arcades. This place has been famous because of the bougainvillea show held here annually.

Fitness Trail and Flower Garden

This is created mainly for physical fitness in 1965. Now it has been transformed to a very beautiful garden, with many gorgeous seasonal flowers to see. There are also wonderful sculptures adorned throughout the area that adds to the relaxing ambiance. This garden offers scenic beauty with the natural combination of physical exercise and beauty.

Garden of Fragrance

This is another garden that draws a big number of guests everyday. It offers plants with sweet fragrances and aroma. It houses varieties of jasmine, Haar Shingar, motia, Raat ki rani, demask roase, Champa and mehndi. This place has a nice picnic spot for you to enjoy. People can do work out in here because there are also tracks placed in the garden.

Chandigarh is definitely second home to nature lovers.

World Tourism Day Celebrated with Fanfare Sep 29

The Chandigarh administration celebrated the World Tourism Day with fanfare here yesterday.

The day was marked by various activities, including ‘Surnandan’, live Indian classical and fusion music performance by Subhash Ghosh, at Sukhna Lake early in the morning, followed by “Run for Tourism”.

UT Home-cum-Tourism Secretary Ram Niwas flagged off the run which started off from the lake and after covering a distance of around 1 km culminated at the starting point.

Around 200 students of UT Government schools along with 200 ITFT students besides officials of the tourism and education department took part in the run.

In the evening, “Antakshri” competition was held at CITCO Chef Lakeview Cafeteria, which was followed by fun with DJ at Sukhna Lake.

The department of tourism in association with CITCO had organised these activities to mark the day from September 25 and 27.

The festivity began on September 25 with a flower arrangement competition organised by Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management, Sector 42, followed by a musical evening, ‘Rock Fusion Music’, at Sector 17 plaza on September 26.

Meanwhile, Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management commemorated the day by organising an inter-college poster making competition on “Incredible India” and “Tourism and Global Warming”.

A satirical play “Sadak hamare baap ki” directed by Rajeev Mehta was also staged, which depicted the predicament of those who do not care for traffic rules.

World Tourism Day to focus on Sukhna and Sec-17 plaza Sep 15

This year’s World Tourism Day celebrations will focus on two popular tourist landmarks of the city — Sukhna Lake and Sector-17 plaza. This was stated during a meeting held under the chairmanship of UT Home Secretary Ram Niwas here today.

The celebrations on September 27 will commence with “Sur-Nandan” (morning raga), an Indian classical and fusion music programme by renowned artist Subhash Ghosh,at the Sukhna Lake promenadeat 5.30 am.

A morning tourism walk from Open Hand Monument (Capitol Complex) to Rose Garden, Sector-16, through Bougainvillaea Garden, will be held at 7 am.

Also, tourists/visitors arriving by morning Shatabdi Express will be accorded a warm welcome by students of the Chandigarh Institute of Hotel Management, Sector 42.

At 10.30 am, a painting competition on tourism will be organised at Sukhna Lake. The competition will encompass the tourist spots of the city.

CITCO will extend 15 per cent discount on food at its two hotels — Mountview and Shivalikview.

Also, 10 per cent discount on food will be extended to tourists at Hotel Parkview and other food outlets and restaurants of CITCO in the city.

CITCO will provide complimentary ride on its popular “Hop-On, Hop-Off” tourist coach to children, including under-privileged kids, to make them part of mainstream activities on the World Tourism Day.

An “antakshari” programme with participation of people from all walks of life will be organised at CITCO Chef Lake Cafeteria from 5 pm to 6.30 pm.

An open programme for merriment and fun with DJ for tourists and public will be held at Sukhna Lake from 7 pm till 9.30 pm.

On the eve of World Tourism Day i.e September 26, a musical evening will be organised by the Tourism Department at the Sector-17 plaza from 6 pm onwards.

Old is Gold in Chandigarh Aug 07

“Holiday Inn”, one of the oldest hotel chains in the world, established in 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee, at Burail village sounds strange. But it’s true. The location of this hotel is equally strange. It is on the upper floors of shops, which include a country liquor shop.

In absence of any policy on the naming of guesthouses, owners of such establishments are using misleading names to attract customers. For instance, a hotel “Swagat”, which is also a popular South Indian chain of restaurants, also exists in Burail too.

It’s not only the fancy names that are a cause for concern, but also the use of brands by these guesthouses and hotels in Chandigarh. Another international brand “Comfort Inn” too finds its namesake in Sector 17.

As per rules, the guesthouses cannot brand themselves as hotels, but in absence of any checks, every second such establishment in the city is named as such.

It can be gauged from the fact that the ambience of Himachal is being encashed through naming a guesthouse as “Hotel Himachal View”, running from an SCO in Manimajra, or “Hotel Himachal Palace” in Burail. And not the least, “Sunview” from Sector 35 Hotel “Jain Sunview”, actually an SCO in Sector 35. Ironically, there are over 18 such guesthouses in Burail or around 14 in Sector 22 market, five in Sector 17, six in Sector 35, six in Manimajra.

A Tribune team attempted to take note of these guesthouses and found over 55 such guesthouses which are being run either from SCOs or SCFs, without paying the mandatory composition fee or getting their plans approved from the competent authority to run as hotels.

Ironically, these “hotel managements” have webbed a strong nexus with taxi drivers, auto drivers and rickshaw pullars, who get commission for luring the tourists to these places and tourists, too, are easily taken for a ride with swanky brand names.

On the first floor of many of these structures are tyre-repair shops, liquor vends and chemist shops. Their room tariffs, too, depend upon the customer’s ability, anything between Rs 700 and 2,500. Some also happily agree to provide shelter on hourly basis. Rs 800 for three hours was their average rate.

Further investigations revealed that operators of these so-called hotels hardly make any verification or maintain any “check-in” and “check-out” register. The “C” form which carries information about the foreigners, staying in the town, has no significance for them. By law, every hotel, which accommodates any foreign guest, has to deposit this mandatory form with the area police station. Sources in the administration said a survey showed that more than 200 guesthouses and hotels have come up in Kajheri and Attawa too.

Six New Theme-Based Gardens to be Designed in Chandigarh Jul 18

For developing six new theme-based gardens in the city along with adding new features in the existing gardens, the Chandigarh administration has chalked out an estimate of around Rs 8 crore.

The administration has decided to develop Garden of Palms and Children Adventure Park in Sector 42, Valley of Animals and Sunken Garden with knot concept in Green Belt of Sector 51, Maze Garden in Sector 52, Sculpture Garden in Leisure Valley Sector 10, Garden of Conifers in Sector 51 (rear side of YPS) and Garden Centre in Government Nursery in Sector 23 C for Rs 232 lakh, Rs 150 lakh, Rs 145 lakh, Rs 69 lakh, Rs 95 lakh and Rs 84 lakh, respectively.

According to a press note, attempt would to boost tourism in the city along with giving aesthetic view to the city. Under the Garden of Palms and Children Adventure Park in Sector 42, there are plans to develop an area of around 25 acres near New Lake which would cater to the playing needs of children from different age groups.

Proposals are to create Adventure Mound Cycling facility in the park and develop a Toddler’s Corner where children below five years will be provided facilities like child-friendly swings, ground boats, see-saw, slides, spring rides, small automatic cars etc. Public conveniences, drinking water facility, rain shelters, benches, information centre, gift shop and refreshment kiosk would also be created in the park.

Valley of Animals and Sunken Garden with knot concept will showcase a mass display of various animal species topiaries on the slopes and undulations, co-existing in family form or in action.The shapes of animals could be created with plants of different hues and textures so as to make it a colourful and curious display.

The Knot Garden concept would be purely for augmenting the aesthetic presentation of the garden by using edge plants, stones and pebbles making low-headed carpet-like designs on the ground preferably for viewing at low levels.

The third phase sectors of the city have multi-storeyed flats and to soften the look of a concrete jungle, Garden of Conifers has been proposed in Sector 51. The garden would act like a breather for the residents of this sector.

The Maze Garden is likely to have an interesting and amusing feature like a Maze with Hedge (“Bhool Bhulaiyan”).The Leisure Valley has been found best suited for the setting up of Sculpture Garden, where sculpture of renowned artists and students from the College of Art would be installed.

The Government Nursery in Sector 23 will be developed as Garden Centre by providing greenhouse, glass house, poly house, tissue culture lab, horticulture/ landscape information centre having well-laid paths, enough plant material to meet city requirements, sale counter, play equipment for children and art gallery of plants.

Chandigarh Rose Garden to Get an uplift Jul 10

The Chandigarh Administration has started the process for upgrading the Sector 16 Rose Garden. The plan focuses on breaking the old-fashioned and stereotype planning through additions of new varieties of exotic flowers, creating a back-up system and developing landscaping combined with recreational aspects.

UT Finance Secretary Sanjay Kumar said the Zakir Hussain Rose Garden, the biggest rose garden in Asia, is the prime tourist spot in the city and there was a need to renovate it.

“Innovative ideas would be used for repositioning and changing flower beds in order to arouse curiosity among the visitors. New concept sections would be added like section of roses named after world personalities, roses with unusual names, exclusive section of unique roses, roses named after countries and fruits etc. Efforts are being made to develop a section ‘Pride of India’, with exclusive collection of varieties evolved in India,” he said.

The plans are also in pipeline to have beds with amusing and interesting slogans, interspersed, which relates with the colour or type of the flower.

The administration also aims to have a backup system in the absence of which there are big gaps in flowerbeds. A fast rose varieties bank could be created that would save more than a year in preparing a plant.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Tourism has already sanctioned Rs 2.69 crore for the Rose Garden, which would be utilised for purchasing new varieties, development of a nursery, mesh and angle design for periphery, tourist information centre-cum-gift shop, installation of tubewell, signage and concrete edging of beds.

Chandigarh Railway Station is All Set for Renovation Jul 02

Chandigarh railway station is all set for renovation to the tune of Rs 1 crore, where in it will have a new over bridge and a wider circulating area for upgrading the facilities.

Now, the frequent travellers will not complain about lack of space at the station, as the plan to improving the circulating area is in the pipeline.

The Railway Ministry will probably give a green signal for renovating the railway station in the Railway budget likely to be announced on Friday.

At present, the station has 1-ft over bridge, which gets crowded in the peak hours, making it difficult for the passengers to boarding trains.

The divisional railway manager, HP Jaggi said: “The present over bridge connects platforms No. 2, 3, 4, and 5 is very narrow. When the trains reach, the passengers face problems crossing the bridge. Thus, another foot over bridge is likely to be constructed on the right side of the station for which around Rs 80 lakh will be invested.”

The parking lot of the station had been revamped recently, he added.

Meanwhile, the railway station will soon have packed meals available for the commuters. Sources said the authorities concerned had approved a vendor who would be selling the packed meals in the circulating area.

Selja to Review Chandigarh Tourist Spots on June 29 Jun 26

With Chandigarh acting as a gateway to Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and nearby hill sojourns, the Union Minister of Tourism, Selja, would visit the city on June 29 to review its tourism potential and to promote it further as a tourism destination.

Sources said the minister would be meeting the UT officials to discuss issues pertaining to the tourism sector like revenue collection, tourists’ spots, infrastructure and development, hospitality sector and hotel industry. The minister would be visiting the city for the first time after her inclusion in the Cabinet.

As Chandigarh is a halt destination for domestic tourists en route various hill destinations, the booming tourism sector has a lot of scope further, an official said.

The city, defacto, has become a transit destination for the nearby tourists’ spots in other states, which holds true, particularly in the backdrop of about 7 lakh domestic tourists and around 40,000 foreigners visiting the city last year. As more than 30,000 foreigners visit the city per year, there is a lot of scope of expansion, especially in the hospitality industry. The administration will chalk out a strategy to explore the same, the UT Home Secretary, Ram Niwas, said.

“Also, the cosmopolitan culture works for Chandigarh and makes it a tourist-friendly city. Meanwhile, after meeting the UT officials, the minister will be addressing the media on promoting Chandigarh on the country’s tourism map.