Changing Phase of Chandigarh; the city beautiful
To live in modern city of Chandigarh in 60s was reviving the lost hope and belief of somedisplaced persons from West Pakistan and uplifting the prestige of families coming from smallercities from the erstwhile Punjab State.During those days, I visited Chandigarh in summer and winter vacations and during festivals. Iwas always charmed with the genius of Le Corbusier, who created the layout of Chandigarh onchess-board pattern with rectangular sectors lined up insequence.Those were the days when we conveniently walked throughRose Garden or Sukhna Lake for our evening stroll or going toSector 22 for window shopping or meeting friends andacquaintances roaming around at the market places. Sector 17was not yet developed except for Neelam Theater and Plazathrough which a road passed for the plying of the busservice.There were hardly any cars moving around or parked atthe market places. Even two wheelers were possessed byfew. People walked within the sectors to markets orcycled the distances. I remember walking to University tovisit library and visiting relatives residing in other sectors.It may look strange today that in those days Government officials, persons belonging to legalprofession and visitors and clients, either walked or bicycled to reach the secretariat andCourts. Rickshaw and bus service was available for those who preferred to use these paidservices. There were no cars with red lights on top, no sirens hurling cars moving around. Therewas little vehicular traffic.
The city was pedestrian’s paradise. There was hardly any
congestion at public places, secretariat or high court parkingareas or at market places. There were no big queues in PGI foroutdoor patients or for beds in general wards.People living in Chandigarh had come from various cities; mostlyGovernment servants transferred here, doctors and lawyers, retired government servants, mix