city anchor: Mayor flaunts 100-day record,but MC struggles to cheer

The Municipal Corporation is on the back foot over some of the decisions and proposals announced by the Mayor as achievements in the first 100 days of her tenure.

Written by Khushboo Sandhu | Chandigarh | Published: May 21, 2012 2:00 am

The Municipal Corporation is on the back foot over some of the decisions and proposals announced by the Mayor as achievements in the first 100 days of her tenure. While the pilot project for sanitation was scrapped after the protests by the garbage collectors,negotiations are on about the fate of the sub-committees that were constituted. Construction activity has already slowed down due to the lack of availability of material.

Despite directions from the Punjab and Haryana High Court for starting a pilot project for garbage collection,the project was scrapped after pressure from the garbage collectors. The garbage collectors sat on protest for almost a week before it was decided to agree to their demands.

The pilot project,which started in Sector 22,entailed hiring contractors for collection of garbage. These contractors would have been accountable to the Municipal Corporation rather than the present lot that is privately employed. It was decided that contractors would lift the garbage only from the commercial areas and not the residential areas.

Mayor Raj Bala Malik had a month ago listed out her achievements in the first 100 days of her tenure. The announcements,apart from not being taken well by the councillors of the Opposition,led to resentment among councillors of her own party as they were not involved by her. The councillors,including the senior deputy mayor and the deputy mayor,had complained about being sidelined. Some of these announcements are falling flat.

BJP councillor Arun Sood says since the priorities are misplaced,the proposals are not working. “Basic amenities are not being provided to the residents. Whether it is installation of boosting pumps for additional water supply or construction of roads,work is not being undertaken. Work worth crores is approved for my ward,yet nothing has taken off on ground. The proposals are facing problems due to lack of proper planning,” he adds.

Among the other ‘achievements’ was the constitution of sub-committees of the Municipal Corporation. After a ruckus at the meeting of the General House and protests by the Opposition,it was decided that the sub-committees would be notified by the administration. While this was done,BJP councillors tendered their resignations protesting against the constitution of the sub-committees. Negotiations are now on for having BJP councillors as chairpersons and vice-chairpersons of committees.

Nominated councillor Shagufta Praveen says,“The Prime Minister and Chief Ministers list out their achievements in 100 days. The Mayor did nothing wrong. However,problems are being faced in implementation of the proposals and projects. The pilot project for sanitation failed as it was started in haste and a study was not conducted. The sub-committees are delayed because of the BJP,and this is stalling the development of the city.”

However,Mayor Raj Bala Malik says,“The decision about the pilot project on sanitation was taken by all members of the Finance and Contract Committee. It was decided that there was a need to keep into consideration the interests of the people whose livelihood would be affected. The sub-committees were notified by the administration. At times,change is not acceptable to all sections. Attempts are being made for undertaking constructive work in the city.”

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