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Junagadh mayor,JMC official on fast against ‘govt bias’

Accuse govt of partiality in allotting funds to block development in corporation areas ruled by Cong.

Junagadh Municipal Corporation (JMC) Mayor Satish Ahir,standing committee chairman Bhagabhai Rada and ruling party leader in JMC Hussainbhai Hala have been sitting on an indefinite fast for the last four days against the state government’s “partiality”.

They have accused the government of “partiality in allotting funds and blocking the developmental works in the areas within JMC’s jurisdiction”.

JMC is the second municipal corporation,besides Gandhinagar,where power is controlled by the Congress.

Ahir told The Sunday Express that the government had totally paralysed the JMC for the last three months as no developmental works were being carried out despite the projects having been passed and cleared by the general body and standing committee.

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He accused District Collector A P Parmar,holding the charge of municipal commissioner,of not executing the developmental schemes within the jurisdiction of the JMC.

“Parmar,at the behest of the ruling party politicians,has paralysed the corporation for the last three months and not implementing any scheme or projects,” alleged Ahir.

Asked why should the municipal commissioner block the developmental projects,Ahir said he was doing it as per the directions of BJP leaders,who wanted to wrest the political power in the next elections by showing that Congress had failed in providing civic amenities.

Regarding specific projects,mayor said that these pertained to construction of new roads and repair of old ones as also providing drinking water connections in some of the areas.

He added that tenders for various works had been invited but the municipal commissioner was not opening them,resulting into the delay of the execution of the projects.

Ahir also said that the only engineer with the municipal corporations’s water works has been sent to the Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation (GMC) on deputation.

Parmar,meanwhile,rejected the allegations,saying it took time to complete the process of inviting and clearing the tenders.

Junagadh BJP MLA Mahendra Mashru,on the other hand,said that the fast by mayor and his colleagues was politically motivated and there was no truth in their allegations.

Mashru said the government had funded Rs 113.53 crore to JMC in the last two years and that developmental works,including a Rs 30-crore project for supply of drinking water for seven wards,was under progress.

Besides,a Rs 10-crore work for construction of a ring road and a project for the development of Girnar foothills were being undertaken by different government agencies,he said,adding that the government had cleared another project for Rs 25 crore.