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Punjab Governor & Administrator holds Apex Committee Meeting of Tricity

Chandigarh : The Governor of Punjab and Administrator, UT Chandigarh, Sh. VP Singh Badnore held the third meeting of Apex Committee of Tricity in the presence of Sh. Vijay Vardhan, Chief Secretary Haryana, Smt. Vini Mahajan, Chief Secretary Punjab, Sh. Dharam Pal, Advisor to the Administrator, DGP Punjab, ADGP Haryana and other senior officials of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh Administration.

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1. At the outset, the Administrator thanked everyone for their active participation in the Tricity meeting, whose main objective is to work for the coordinated development of Chandigarh and the satellite cities in Punjab and Haryana.
2. The Coordination Committee discussed about various Law and Order issues like the participation of both the neighboring states in tackling the crimes committed by the interstate gangsters, snatchings and thefts in the tricity. It was also suggested to encourage the use of emergency response support system (Control Room no.112).
3. Citing the example of recent protests in the city, the Administrator  directed to ensure compliance of the decision to prohibit entry of tractors within the tri-city during such agitations. It was also agreed that the protestors from Punjab and Haryana need to be stopped at the respective borders with Chandigarh, with support of respective State Governments. Peaceful agitations with prior permission need to be allowed to be held, but only at dedicated and earmarked areas in Chandigarh. The Administrator exhorted that all levels of official hierarchies, right up to the beat level should hold meetings at regular intervals and follow up action should be taken up accordingly.
4. The Administrator emphasized that all the three Governments need to work in coordination to work out on the direct approach road for connectivity with Chandigarh International Airport as well as on the ring roads around the Tricity. It was also discussed to harmonize the excise duty, motor vehicle taxes and fuel prices in the Tricity.
5. The issue of beggary was also highlighted wherein it was decided that proper schooling should be provided to these children and their mapping exercise should be carried out to ensure that they continue to have education.

DP Bureau
Author: DP Bureau

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