Chandigarh: Municipal Corporation House approves 75.59 Lakh expenditure for Rose Festivalhttps://indianexpress.com/article/cities/chandigarh/chandigarh-municipal-corporation-house-approves-75-59-lakh-expenditure-for-rose-festival-5426487/

Chandigarh: Municipal Corporation House approves 75.59 Lakh expenditure for Rose Festival

Congress Councillor Devinder Singh Babla said, “This is a sheer waste. In any case, we have asked for the event to be sponsored and the House be informed before calling tenders.”

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BJP councillors argue with each other in front of mayor and municipal commissioner during a House meeting. (Photo by Kamleshwar Singh)

THE GENERAL House of the Municipal Corporation on Tuesday approved the hefty expenditure of Rs 75.59 lakh on Rose Festival scheduled to be held in February.

Some councillors, however, suggested that attempts should be made to get sponsors for the event so that the civic body may not have to shell out such a huge amount.

Congress Councillor Devinder Singh Babla said, “This is a sheer waste. In any case, we have asked for the event to be sponsored and the House be informed before calling tenders.”

According to details, just the tent, furniture for guests and a control room for lost and found inquiry will alone cost Rs 25 lakh. To get entry forms for competitions, booklet of rules and regulations and pamphlets and brochures about the fest published, the civic body will be spending Rs 4.15 lakh. For decorative lights and sound system, the MC has prepared estimates worth Rs 7.50 lakh while for fixing machhans for security purposes, Rs 2.47 lakh will be spent.

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For decorating entry and exit gates, topiary figures and tunnels, a whopping Rs 5.50 lakh will be spent. On prizes and mementos for the chief guest and other members of the committee, the MC has prepared an estimate of Rs 3.90 lakh. Just the barricading of the boundary walls with nylon ropes will cost Rs 80,000. Providing high tea, mineral water to guests and judges of different competitions will cost Rs 3 lakh.

Funds required for Rose Prince and Princess competition will be Rs 2.60 lakh, for an Antakshiri and photography competition too it will cost Rs 1.70 lakh each. Publicity for the fest alone will cost Rs 2.50 lakh. Boarding and lodging of the NZCC folk dance participants will cost Rs 2 lakh. Only to play piano for the chief guest, Rs 1 lakh will be spent.

Rs 3 lakh compensation for dog bite victim’s kin

Four months after a one-and-a-half-year-old boy was mauled to death by stray dogs in Sector 18D, the MC General House gave its final approval to the compensation of Rs 3 lakh for the kin.

On June 17, one-and-a-half-year-old Ayush was mauled to death while playing at a park in Sector 18.

The proposal was sent to the local government secretary of the Chandigarh Administration within two days of the incident for granting compensation to the victim’s parents as “ex-gratia financial help to the dog bite victim’s family”.

However, in response to the proposal, the local government secretary, going by past precedence, decided to take up the matter at the level of the MC.

Though the Finance and Contract Committee had approved of the agenda, it was brought to the general House for the final approval.

Adoption of two community dogs
The General House approved amendments in The Chandigarh Registration of Pet Dogs By-laws 2010 which will allow a family to adopt two or more community dogs.

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According to the bylaws, a family can keep a maximum of two pet dogs in Chandigarh. According to the amendment, however, the owner will have to get the adopted dogs registered with the MC for a fee of Re 1 per dog.