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Chandigarh to Vegas in an Hour !

posted Aug 3, 2012, 2:27 PM by Sachin Chandigarhia   [ updated Aug 3, 2012, 8:06 PM ]

Question is: "Are you ready to gamble ?"

     No, No, Air India is not planning to fly next generation Concorde planes from Chandigarh to Las Vegas bur rather Vegas might be coming closer to you.

If the plan of Punjab Government goes through, Punjab will soon have a gambling destination at Mattewara village near Ludhiana, Punjab.

Punjab deputy CM Sukhbir Badal has ordered the state's infrastructure development agency Punjab Infrastructure Development Board (PIDB) to set up a Las Vegas strip-like casino at Mattewara village near Ludhiana. 

A three-member team comprising a PIDB official and two members from an empanelled private agency Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited (IL&FS) was sent on a four-day visit to Goa last week to study and explore the possibility of installing slot machines and casinos in Punjab, set to become third state in the country after Sikkim and Goa to have casinos. 

    The casinos planned in Mattewara will have around 30-50 slot machines, video pokers and card games like baccarat, blackjack, pontoon and sicbo and will be open 24 hours. 

he Punjab government is likely to discuss the Public Gambling Act, 1867 in its next Assembly session. 

The casinos will be built both inside hotels or stand alone on a PPP model near the river. 

The initial report has suggested borrowing legal framework from Goa where an annual licence fee of Rs 5 crore is paid by the hotel housing the casinos and an entry fee between Rs 500-Rs 1,000 is charged to every visitor. 

    Out of 1,400 acres of proposed landscaped area surrounded by thick forests and water bodies, Mattewara village is already set to have a horse racing turf on a 140-acre land, golf course on a 200-acre land and an amusement park. 

So should we say "What happens in Ludhiana, stays in Ludhiana"

Edict of Chandigarh

posted Jul 27, 2012, 2:15 PM by Sachin Chandigarhia

               Many Chandigarhians are not aware that Chandigarh has an edict. But before we get to the edict a little explanation about what an edict is. An edict is  An edict is an announcement of a law, often associated with monarchism. The Pope and some religious organisations and various micronational leaders are currently the only persons who still issue edict. 

                    Le Corbusier summed up his work on the city in an "edict", reproduced here in full:

Edict of Chandigarh

The object of this edict is to enlighten the present and future citizens of Chandigarh about the basic concepts of planning of the city so that they become its guardians and save it from whims of individuals. This edict sets out the following basic ideas underlying the planning of the city.

Human Scale

The city of Chandigarh is planned to human scale. It puts us in touch with the infinite cosmos and nature. It provides us with places and buildings for all human activities by which the citizens can live a full and harmonious life. Here the radiance of nature and heart are within our reach.


This city is composed of sectors. Each sector is 800 meters by 1,200 meters, enclosed by roads allocated to fast mechanised transport and sealed to direct access from the houses.

Each sector caters to the daily needs of its inhabitants, which vary from 5,000 to 25,000 and has a green strip oriented longitudinally stretching centrally along the sector in the direction of the mountains. The green strip should stay uninterrupted and accommodate schools, sports fields, walks and recreational facilities for the sector.

Vehicular traffic is completely forbidden in the green strips, where tranquility shall reign and the curse of noise shall not penetrate.


The roads of the city are classified into seven categories, known as the system of 7 Vs, as below: V-1 -- Fast roads connecting Chandigarh to other towns; V-2 -- arterial roads; V-3 -- Fast vehicular roads; V-4 -- Meandering shopping streets; V-5 -- Sector circulation roads; V-6 Access roads to houses; V-7 -- footpaths and cycle tracks.

Buses will ply only on V-1, V-2, V-3 and V-4 roads. A wall shall seal the V-3 roads from the sectors.

Areas Of Special Architectural Interest

Certain areas of Chandigarh are of special architectural interest. Where harmonised and unified construction of buildings is aimed at, absolute architectural and zoning control should remain operative.

Along V-2 central, dual carriageways Madhya Marg and Uttar Marg, where skyline, heights, character and architecture of buildings as planned shall not be altered.

No building shall be constructed north of the Capitol Complex

Along V-2 beyond dual carriageway areas are reserved for cultural institutions only and shall never have any residential buildings

City Centre

The central plaza in Sector 17 was designed by Le Corbusier as "Pedestrian's Paradise". No vehicular traffic will be permitted in the plaza.

Industrial Area

Only such industry as is powered by electricity would be permitted in the Industrial Area, so that atmosphere is saved from pollution.

The Lake

The Lake is a gift of the creators of Chandigarh to the citizens to be at one with the lake and its environments and its tranquility shall be guaranteed by banning noises.


The landscaping of this city is based on careful observation of the vegetation of India. Selected ornamental trees, shrubs and climbers have been planted according to colour schemes to beautify it. In future planting and replacements, these principles must be kept in view. There should be no haphazard replacements, so that the avenues retain their harmony and beauty.

The Leisure Valley, the Rajendra Park and other parks shall be developed as parks only and no building other than already planned shall be permitted.

No Personal Statues Shall Be Erected

The age of personal statues is gone. No personal statues shall be erected in the city or parks of Chandigarh. The city is planned to breathe the new sublimated spirit of art. Commemoration of persons shall be confined to suitably placed bronze plaques.

Truthfulness Of Building Materials To Be Maintained

The truthfulness of materials of constructions, concrete, bricks and stone, shall be maintained in all buildings constructed or to be constructed.

The seed of Chandigarh is well sown. It is for the citizens to see that the tree flourishes.

The City Beautiful

posted Jul 27, 2012, 1:40 PM by Sachin Chandigarhia

Why is Chandigarh called "The City Beautiful" ?

    Chandigarh is the best-planned city in India and likely world, with architecture which is world-renowned, and a quality of life, which is unparalleled. Being the capital of two states i.e. Punjab and Haryana, and also Union Territory of Chandigarh it is a prestigious city. The face of modern India, Chandigarh, is the manifestation of a dream that first Prime Minister of India, Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru envisaged and world known architect, Le Corbusier executed.

Serenity and a city are two diametrically opposite concepts, which however, get belied in the 'City Beautiful'. Chandigarh is a rare epitome of modernization co-existing with nature's preservation. It is here that the trees and plants are as much a part of the construction plans as the buildings and the roads. India’s first planned city, is a rich, prosperous, spic and span, green city is undoubtedly  “ The City Beautiful ”.

I admire this bustling city and in my case it was  a case of 'love at first sight'. I love this city beautiful.


posted Jul 27, 2012, 12:23 PM by Sachin Chandigarhia

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