The mechanised road cleaning project – a dream project of Deputy Punjab Minister of Punjab Sukhbir Singh Badal – seems doomed to fail as Congress, Azad group and SAD councillors are up in arms against the release of Rs 43 lakh to the company that was given the sanitation contract.
The councillors allege that Commissioner Uma Shankar Gupta favoured the contractor despite knowing that the system will not work in the city. The councillors say that the system requires good roads and not like the ones that are found in Mohali. They want the government to first fix the main problem- that of bad roads- before introducing such technology.
Deputy Mayor Manjeet Singh Sethi while talking to Chandigarh Newsline said that they are against mechanised cleaning and also expressed their opposition to it several times. Sethi alleged that the commissioner is wasting the money of the people on the name of fulfilling the dream of the Deputy CM.
Sethi further said that recently, the commissioner released Rs 43 lakh to the contractor despite their opposition and now they will take up the issue in the next house meeting.
“We just wanted for all councillors to be satisfied with the system first. A majority of them are not satisfied. So how can the commissioner release the money to the contractor?, “ said Sethi.
Congress councillors K S Bedi who opposed the project said that the commissioner is behaving like a dictator.
It is notable here that Rs 14 crore mechanised cleaning project was launched in the city on August 6 and it was inaugurated by the Punjab Deputy Chief Minister with much fanfare. People started complaining against the new system a few days after its inauguration. Now the majority of the councillors are against the commissioner and pressing to scrap the agreement with the concerned company.