New Delhi: Union Territory of Chandigarh will have a separate administrator after 32 years. The 63-year-old former bureaucrat from Kerala and BJP leader K J Alphons, who is known for his demolition drive in Delhi in 1990s, will be appointed as the administrator of Chandigarh.
The appointment of Alphons will end the Punjab Raj Bhawan’s role in running Chandigarh.
“I am happy that the Prime Minister has reposed faith in me to give such a position. It’s a great city… it’s a great job… It will be nice to be there. I hope to utilise this chance in a good way,” Alphons said.
“I will be joining next week as Administrator of the Union Territory,” he said.
“Though I don’t know much about the city, but I have read a lot about it,” Alphons added.
The Parkash Singh Badal govt will see this as a move to reduce the state govt’s stake in Chandigarh’s functioning, sources said.
Meanwhile, Congress leader Captain Amarinder Singh rejected the appointment, saying it was an unjust move to snatch Chandigarh from Punjab.