New panel is Admn’s attempt to dissolve MC,say councillors

Following a notification issued by the UT Administration to form a committee for monitoring the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation...

Written by Khushboo Sandhu | Chandigarh | Published:July 11, 2009 2:43 am

Following a notification issued by the UT Administration to form a committee for monitoring the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation (MC),speculations have gained ground that the Administration is attempting to dissolve the civic body.

“It seems the Administration is preparing ground for dissolving the civic body. By suggesting that no work has been done and the public has been harassed,they are moving towards the MC’s dissolution,” said former mayor Subhash Chawla.

Sharing similar views,former mayor Pardeep Chhabra said the committee holds no relevance.

“The order states that the MC has done no work in the past one year. Kamlesh has been Mayor for the past six months,prior to which I was mayor. It is wrong to say that no work was done,” said Chhabra,while adding that a number of agenda items were passed during his tenure as mayor.

In a rather strong reaction,Congress councillor Davinder Singh Babla termed the Administration’s decision as “death of democracy”.

“The constitution of the committee is questionable. With two councillors,a former engineer and a businessman,what probe will they conduct?” said Babla,adding that the Administration is targeting the Congress in particular.

Under provisions of the Punjab Municipal Act,the Administration can dissolve the civic body if satisfactory development work is not carried out.

The orders passed by the Administration state that for the past one year development work has been adversely affected due to lack of coordination in the MC. The committee,therefore,has been constituted to identify the loopholes in the administrative mechanism and make the civic body more effective,state the orders.

In damage control mode,civic body holds all-party meet
The Municipal Corporation looked to be in damage control mode on Friday with several meetings held among councillors. A meeting of Congress councillors was followed by an all-party meeting,though the latter received a poor response,with only one BJP councillor,Gurcharan Dass Kalaa,in attendance.

On her not attending the all-party meeting,councillor Harjinder Kaur said: “We supported the Mayor in the office of the Home Secretary where a compromise was reached between her and the MC Commissioner. She,however,made statements against the Administration and invited this probe. If she is bent upon fighting everyone,she should resolve the issue herself.”

The councillors,meanwhile,asked councillor Chander Mukhi Sharma to resign from the committee,but she reportedly turned it down.

Mayor Kamlesh later met Chandigarh Territorial Congress Committee president B B Bahl and apprised him of the situation. Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs and Water Resources Pawan Kumar Bansal has also been informed.

Another meeting of the MC councillors has been scheduled for Monday.

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