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Haryana suggests inter-city body for Chandigarh tri-city; Punjab rejects it

IANS  |  Chandigarh 

Chief Minister on Tuesday categorically rejected his counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar's suggestion to set up a Tri-city for and its adjoining towns of and Mohali, saying indisputably belonged to

Taking a strong stand on the issue, which Governor also endorsed by saying that coordination on the tri-city development related issues was already being done, he said there was no question of agreeing to Khattar's proposal.

Both the Chief Ministers of Punjab and and the Punjab Governor, who is also the of the Union Territory of Chandigarh, were speaking at an event here on Tuesday.

had suggested that an effective mechanism be put in place through mutual co-operation to ensure development of the tri-city comprising Panchkula, and Mohali, and to resolve the issues affecting the lives of people in these cities.

He said he had written a letter to 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 region.

"I would also write a letter to the in this regard. A tri-city should be constituted for the tri-city on the pattern of the National Capital Region (NCR) for the development of the three cities, especially infrastructure," said.

Both Punjab and have been locked, since 1966 when Haryana was created, in a bitter political war laying claim over Chandigarh. Punjab claims the city as its capital. Both states are also locked in a bitter battle over sharing of river water.

asserted that Punjab, being the only state without a capital, had a historical right over Chandigarh.

"Various accords in the past had given Chandigarh to Punjab but they were, unfortunately, not implemented," he pointed out.

Both and Badnore also rejected the suggestion of an NCR-type Greater Chandigarh Metropolitan Region, treating the entire tricity as the capital of Punjab and Haryana.



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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 21:08 IST