Chandigarh, July 22:In a bid to accelerate the pace of ongoing projects and to complete all the development works within stipulated timeframe, the State Government has in principal decided to empower the Mayors of 10 Municipal Corporations with additional powers. It was disclosed by the Local Government Minister Mr. Brahm Mohindra during the maiden meeting held with the Mayors.

Mr. Brahm Mohindra divulged that it has been brought to his notice that work on some of the crucial projects of state wide importance has come to standstill for want for approvals from the different government bodies. He said that this procedural defect has caused unaccounted damage to the development projects. He said that with a view to remove this bottleneck, the department of Local Government has mooted a proposal to strengthen the Mayors of 10 Municipal Corporation with more effective powers to enable them to take decision and to complete the development projects in stipulated timeframe.

Mr. Brahm Mohindra apprised the Mayors that he already discussed the matter with Captain Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister Punjab and advocated the need to provide more powers to the Mayors to take decisions to execute the work without and handicap. The Minister said that he also issued instructions to Mr. A. Venu Prasad, Secretary, Local Government to rationalise the categories of subjects which should be decided at State Level or at Corporation level.

Mr. Brahm Mohindra said that the Punjab Government will soon bring back ‘one time settlement policy’ concerning illegal buildings with a new look after redressing the shortcomings of the old policy.” He said that there were some shortcomings in the ‘one time settlement policy’ implemented earlier by the Punjab Government. He said now the Government has decided to bring back the policy with a new look after clearing all the loopholes of previous policy. He said that the government had sought feedback, objections and suggestions from different departments and from the citizen of the state on the earlier policy. He said under the earlier policy only 1018 online and 138 offline applications have been received till July 21. He said because of this the government has decided to implement this policy again after taking into consideration the objections and suggestions of the citizens.

Highlighting the need of permanent placement of police force at Municipal Corporation, Mayors said that they have to face problems in getting police force from the district administration while removing the illegal encroachments.

The Local Bodies Minister also listened to the various other grievances of the Mayors pertaining to the revenue generation and development of corporations and assured them to resolve all the issues earlier so that development of the cities could not be adversely affected.



CHANDIGARH, JULY 22:The Members of National Commission for Safai Karamchari will review the schemes implemented for Safai Karamcharis’ of the State and hold a meeting with the representatives of Punjab on July 26 at Punjab Bhawan, Chandigarh.

Giving information in this regard a Spokesperson of Social Justice, Empowerment and Minorities Department said that the Chairman of National Commission for Safai Karamchari Government of India Manhar Valjibhai Zala, Member Manju Diler and Secretary Narayan Das accompanied by other senior officials of the Commission would review the status of schemes launched for the welfare of Safai Karamcharis on July 26 at 10:00 am in Punjab Bhawan Chandigarh.

The Spokesperson said that meeting would be attended by Safai Karamchari Unions/Associations of Punjab, MLAs, Members of Parliament, Officials of Social Justice, Empowerment and Minorities Department and social organizations.



Chandigarh, July 22:A delegation from Invest Punjab, the investment promotion and facilitation agency of the State of Punjab, is visiting Taiwan from 22nd to 27th July to discuss the potential economic and trade partnerships, talent exchanges, and resource sharing between Punjab and Taiwan.

Economic relations between India and Taiwan have deepened in the past decade. The updated Bilateral Investment Agreement, signed between India-Taipei Association (ITA) and Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in India (TECC) in December 2018, ensures protection for Taiwanese business investments in India, in line with international standards and the rights of Taiwanese investors. Several agreements to facilitate trade, investments and technological collaborations have been signed in recent years.

Punjab has selected Taiwan as a focus country due to the plethora of investment opportunities and potential business synergies possible in the Bicycle and Bicycle Components, Electric Vehicles, Electronics, Light Engineering, Auto Components, Skill Development and Textiles sectors.

ACS Investment Promotion Smt. Vini Mahajan and CEO Invest Punjab Mr. Rajat Agarwal will be addressing the gathering at Taiwan-ASEAN-India Strategic Partnership Forum in Taipei and Hsinchu to showcase the readiness of Punjab to cater to the industrial requirements of Taiwanese companies. They will apprise the Taiwanese investors of the significant reforms undertaken by the State of Punjab including a blend of policy level changes, simplification of processes and implementation of technology-based solutions to create a business-friendly ecosystem. Punjab will also leverage this Forum to solidify its presence as a preferred investment destination among other ASEAN countries.

To promote industries, Punjab is also adopting measures like cluster approach with the creation of industrial sites like Hi-Tech Valley in Ludhiana (380 acres dedicated to EV, battery manufacturing, bicycle manufacturers etc.), MediCity in Mohali (250 acres dedicated to setting up a multi/super specialty hospitals, medical colleges etc.), IT City in Mohali (1688 acres) and a new Electronic City under development.

To discuss business partnerships, the esteemed senior leadership of Punjab-based corporates including Managing Director Hero Electric Mr. Naveen Munjal, Vice Chairman Trident Limited Mr. Abhishek Gupta, Director Hero Cycles Mr. Abhishek Munjal, New Investment Head Lovely Professional University Mr. Pratham Mittal, Managing Director New Swan Group Mr. Upkar Singh Ahuja, and Director NP Group Mr. Rohit Mittal, are accompanying the government delegation.



  • Sarkaria gives instructions in a meeting with colonizers
  • Camp to be held every Wednesday at PUDA Bhawan, SAS Nagar: Kavita Singh

Chandigarh/SAS Nagar, July 22: To facilitate and expedite the regularization process of colonies/plots, Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) shall hold camp on every Wednesday at 11.00 A.M. at PUDA Bhawan, Sector 62, SAS Nagar.

In a meeting with the Association of the colonizers of Punjab, Housing & Urban Development Minister Mr. Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria had instructed all Special Development Authorities to organize weekly camps to address the problems being faced by the colonizers and thus to expedite the process of regularization.

The promoters had brought this into the notice of the department that large number of colonizers were interested in getting their colonies regularized as per provisions of the policy notified by the department, but were facing hardships as to get clarification on some issues mentioned in the policy. After hearing the representatives of Association, Mr. Sarkaria directed the officials to hold camps on every Wednesday in the offices of Special Development Authorities.

GMADA Chief Administrator Ms Kavita Singh said that in compliance of orders of the Minister, Greater Mohali Area Development Authority shall hold the camp on every Wednesday at 11.00 A.M. in PUDA Bhawan where issues being faced by the colonizers will be addressed. The applicants shall be extended maximum help and guidance, she added.

It is worth mentioning that on the request of Colonizers’ Association, the last date for applying for regularization of colonies, plots and buildings had been extended to October 31, 2019.