On the cards this year: Bigger, better facilities
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Better transportation, improved healthcare and education are some of the facilities that the city residents can look forward to in the new year. While several proposals initiated in the year gone by are likely to see the light of day, some new initiatives are also lined up.
The much-awaited third Shatabdi train between Chandigarh and Delhi will start operation in January. According to a PTI report, a new-age Shatabdi train will be flagged off on January 14, an auspicious day in Hindu calender, from Chandigarh by Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal. It was a long-pending demand of the city residents to have another Shatabdi as the two already are running packed to capacity. Besides, as many as 98 additional buses will be added to the fleet of Chandigarh Transport Undertaking. This will strengthen the public transport system in the city that is reeling under the burden of increasing traffic.
The healthcare facilities will witness an improvement. Construction of a 300-bedded trauma hospital will be started in Sector 53. The southern sectors of the city lack facilities like proper dispensaries, schools and markets. The Municipal Corporation is also planning to construct dispensaries in some sectors. A poly clinic is proposed to be set up in Sector 48. With these facilities, the residents of the southern sectors will get some relief.
The condition of government primary schools in some parts of the city is pitiable. The size of the rooms is not adequate to accommodate the students. Buildings are in a dilapidated state. A new primary school, whose foundation stone was laid in 2012, will be completed. New smart schools are also proposed to be set up.
The long-delayed Master Plan outlining the city's future growth is likely to be finalised this year. The committee to prepare the Master Plan was constituted three years ago. While the Master Plan is in its final stages, it is expected that it will be completed.
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