Despite no dearth of funds, the Panchkula administration’s proposal to beautify the entry points and roundabouts of the town continues to remain on paper, two years after it was announced.
Soon after the BJP registered its first victory in Panchkula in the Assembly elections in 2014, MLA Gian Chand Gupta had announced the government’s plans to beautify the entry points of the town.
A fund of Rs 5 crore was also provided to the civic body from the CM fund. However, the project continues to remain stuck.
Superintending engineer Anil Mehta said: “The Rs 5 crore-amount was set aside for purchase of dustbins for parks and garbage collecting trucks. We have purchased 15 vehicles, 300 dustbins for parks and 100 large dustbins for residential sectors for Rs 1 crore and Rs 4 crore was earmarked for construction of a road in Kalka.” He added that the tenders were invited on the MLA’s recommendations.
The civic body, which remains mired into controversies over an alleged tiff between municipal commissioner Lalit Siwach and mayor Upinder Kaur Ahluwalia, has blamed the shortage of engineering staff for the delay.
“There is no dearth of funds with the corporation. The roads are being re-carpeted and tenders have been invited for other projects as well. But, we do not have the engineering staff to execute the task,” said Siwach.
Out of the six posts of municipal engineers, three are vacant and only two junior engineers are on roll against the total eight posts. There are two posts of executive engineers vacant out of the total three sanctioned posts.
When questioned, MLA Gian Chand Gupta asserted that the proposal has been discussed in previous House meeting and a consultant was also appointed to do a survey.
“The beautification of roundabouts will be done. A meeting will soon be held with the HUDA officials to discuss the proposal. The HUDA would be roped in for the project and the work would be started from the Panchkula IT Park,” said Gupta.