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Mohali, a vibrant city with modern infrastructure, is located next to Chandigarh and along with Chandigarh and Panchkula, forms a part of the Chandigarh Tricity. Last year Mohali was officially rechristened as Ajitgarh by the Punjab government.

Green Initiative

In a new initiative to reduce the pollution in the city, eco-rickshaws are to be soon be available on the roads of Mohali. The Deputy Commissioner of
Mohali, Varun Roojam, recently distributed 21 eco-rickshaws among the beneficiaries, who can get the loan sanctioned from all the prominent banks at only 4% interest. Moreover, they would be free the control of private financiers.

The eco-rickshaw is made of iron pipes and no wood is used, hence it is light-weight and non- polluting. The authorities claim they will continue to provide such rickshaws to the poor in the near future.

Business and Economy

Mohalis reputation as a hub for multinational corporations is slowly emerging. Mohali is home to many big companies like PTL (Punjab Tractor Limited), ICI Paints, and the Godrej Group. Mohali is also developing into an IT hub, with the headquarters of many brands such as Dell, Quark, and Philips being located there.

In a recent development, the first cluster of high-end electronic industries in the country will come up in Mohali as the state government has offered the Centre 40 acres of land in the city for the implementation of the Electronics Manufacturing Clusters Scheme. We are the first state to do it. The Union IT Minister Kapil Sibal announced the scheme during his visit to Punjab and this was followed by Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badals decision to offer land for implementation of the scheme, says Punjab Financial Commissioner and Principal Secretary, IT, AR Talwar.

The 40 acres of land earmarked for the purpose falls in Sector 101A of the Greater Mohali area sectoral grid. These 40 acres are part of the 600 acres kept aside here for the development of IT and non-polluting industries in Mohali. The land has already been acquired, says Manjit Brar, Additional Chief Administrator, Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA).

QuarkCity project is another major development in Mohalis business scenario. It is a 51-acre multi-purpose development project that includes a Special Economic Zone (SEZ).A? The first building in the SEZ, Landmark Plaza, is a 14-storey 600,000 sq ft building that became operational in 2011.

Tourism

Mohali is well-known for its international cricket stadium, which is also home to the Kings XI Punjab, one of the teams in the prestigious Indian Premier League (IPL). Mohali has many famous gurudwaras like the Amb Sahib, Gurudwara Singh Shaeedan and Gurudwara Sant Mandal Angitha Sahib. The city is also dotted with numerous shrines and has been visited by various Sikh gurus. The Rose Garden, the Sukhna Lake and Chhatbir Zoo are some popular tourist spots in the city.

The Rock Garden founded by Nek Chand is another popular attraction of the region. The garden is an open air exhibition that sprawls over an area of several acres. Popular for its artwork made of discarded waste materials and stones, the garden exhibits such structures made to resemble temples, monkeys and humans.

Transport

Transport in the city of Mohali is controlled by the Transport Department of the Government of Punjab.

By a new initiative of the citys municipal corporation, hiring a cab in Mohali will no longer be difficult. The municipal corporation has decided to earmark space for a taxi stand in each phase and sector. The decision comes up in the wake of recent findings of a survey conducted by the corporation, which found that 26 taxi stands out of 34 were operating from illegally occupied spaces.

Officials involved with the proposal said, by allotting a taxi stand for each phase, the civic body is adopting the Chandigarh model wherein each sector has at least one taxi stand. We plan to allot a designated space to the taxi stand in each phase and sector of Mohali, on the Chandigarh pattern. Besides, there is also a proposal to enhance the fee or rent of the taxi stand as it has not been revised for the past two decades, said Municipal Commissioner A K Sinha. According to Sinha, this will help remove unauthorised taxi stands and bring about greater uniformity.

In another development, Mohali residents can soon expect to get relief from roadside snarls on narrow roads. The municipal corporation has decided to relocate roadside mechanics and auto spares shops to one centralised location. For this, two areas at each corner of the city have been identified.

According to a survey carried out by the civic body, there are 180 mechanics and sellers who deal in auto parts and need to be rehabilitated to another place. At present, one can find mechanics and spares shops in most sectors and phases of Mohali. Vehicles are often repaired on the adjoining roads or on footpaths thus disrupting movement of traffic and pedestrians.

Challenges

Although Mohali is aspiring to be a major IT hub of the country, it is still struggling with various infrastructural problems including poor lighting, potholed roads, non-existent public transport and lack of security for women. The road leading to the industrial area is also full of potholes, causing inconvenience to commuters. The paucity of signboards, too, is a problem.

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