After a rather unpleasant episode that happened outside the public hearing session of the UT Administrator a fortnight ago, Shivraj V Patil, UT Administrator cum Punjab governor gave a patient hearing to all the 11 complainants who appeared on Monday during the public hearing session.
Interestingly, out of 11 applications, five pertained to the Deputy Commissioner cum Estate Officers office while two each were from the Finance Department and Home Department respectively.
Officials in the UT Administration claimed that after last times ruckus when a complainant, Om Parkash, was allegedly beaten up by the security staff of the Administrator and few other applicants who had alleged that the Administrator was not patient in hearing out their complaints, this time, the applicants and the issues which they brought in the session were very carefully scrutinized and selected.
Interestingly, last time, the UT Administrator had even reprimanded the officials responsible, for selecting frivolous complaints.
Meanwhile, at the public hearing session, Lt Col J S Panag (Retd), president of the Army Welfare Housing Cooperation Society, requested the granting of a completion certificate to owners. Patil asked the concerned officers to not put conditions like solar energy and rain harvesting on AWHO flats. He said Defence personnel sacrifice their lives for us without any conditions and we should not bring any such hurdles in issuing them completion certificates.
In another complaint, Mohinder Singh Sethi, President, Plot Holders Association, Sector 9, Chandigarh said that the community center in Sector 9, Chandigarh has been converted into Central Club, which is limited only for the members and which also becomes a gambling den and a bar has also been opened in the club.
Responding to this complaint, Patil asked the concerned officers to examine it thoroughly and take all necessary steps as per the law to give it its original status of community centers.
Ajay Jagga complained that a few hotels in Chandigarh add service charges also in the bill. On this, Patil asked officers to examine and report.
Charanjiv Singh, president of Chandigarh Beopar Mandal also submitted a representation on behalf of the association and business community in the city stating that there should be raitionalisation in the existing building bylaws of the UT Estate Office in order to safeguard the interest of the business and the trades in the city.
UT adviser on leave
After UT Adviser K K Sharma proceeded on two weeks leave