Chandigarh, July 10--The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, has suggested that an effective mechanism be put in place through mutual co-operation to ensure development of the tri-city comprising Panchkula, Chandigarh and Mohali, and to resolve the issues affecting the lives of people in these cities.
He was speaking at a panel discussion on the holistic development of tri-city, here today. The Punjab Governor and Administrator of the Union Territory of Chandigarh, Mr V.P Singh Badnore, and the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, were also present.
The Chief Minister said he had written a letter to the Union Home Minister, Mr Rajnath Singh, impressing upon him the need and urgency to create a statutorily empowered and dedicated board or authority for homogeneous development of the tri-city.
“I would also write a letter to the Punjab Chief Minister in this regard. A tri-city Planning Board should be constituted for the tri-city on the pattern of the National Capital Region (NCR) Planning Board for the development of the three cities, especially infrastructure”, he added.
On the suggestion that came up during the discussion for sharing the revenue of Chandigarh between Punjab and Haryana in 60:40 ratio, the Chief Minister said it would not be appropriate to share the revenue of Chandigarh between the states as the citizens of Chandigarh had the first right on it. Hence, revenue sharing would be an injustice to the people of Chandigarh.
Mr Manohar Lal suggested that the civic bodies of the three cities could take up such issues of common interest as waste management and metro connectivity, and also share the cost of such projects.
The Haryana Government constituted Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) about six months ago and a citizen advisory council has also been set up. A similar advisory council comprising people from Panchkula, Chandigarh and Mohali should be constituted to give suggestions for the development of tri-city, he added.
On the issue of Panjab University, Mr Manohar Lal described it as a prestigious instituition and said Haryana had made a request to be a partner in the university. Earlier also, Haryana had become a partner in this university.
On the issue of making Panchkula and Mohali smart cities, Mr Manohar Lal said one of the major obstacles dogging the path of progress of Panchkula was lack of proper connectivity between Panchkula and Chandigarh. A huge railway under-bridge connecting Chandigarh with Panchkula is proposed to be constructed after which a major portion of the traffic of Chandigarh could be shifted to Panchkula, he added.

*Reiterating Haryana’s claim on Chandigarh, the Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, has asked Punjab to make new Chandigarh its capital, leave Chandigarh to Haryana, and co-operate in solving the waters issue by sitting across the table.
Mr Manohar Lal was speaking at a panel discussion on the holistic development of the tri-city that is Panchkula, Chandigarh and Mohali here, today. The Punjab Governor and Administrator of Union Territory, Chandigarh, Mr V.P Badnore, and Punjab Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh, were also present at panel discussion.
Both Haryana and Punjab should co-operate with each other to resolve various inter-state water issues in the interest of people of both states. Punjab should not make it a prestige issue. Issues related to water between states can be solved by dialogue, he said.
“I did not like to refer to the waters issue on this platform as the development of tri-city was the main focus of today’s panel discussion but the remarks made earlier by the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt. Amarinder Singh, have forced him to make a comment on this”, the Chief Minister said.
While describing Punjab as an elder brother of Haryana, Mr Manohar Lal said Haryana faced serious water crisis as compared to Punjab. More area under the dark zone falls in Haryana than in Punjab, and, at some places, the underground water level has gone down to 1,500 feet.
Stressing the need for water conservation, the Chief Minister said he had recently written a letter to his Punjab counterpart to join hands in checking the wasteful flow of Ravi waters to Pakistan by constructing dams and reservoirs to utilise the wates and solve the crisis in both states.
The issue of Haryana getting its share of river water through the Hansi-Butana Canal is also hanging fire since long. Resultantly, the districts of southern Haryana, especially Mahendergarh, Rewari and Nuh, are facing water scarcity, he said.