As the Mayor,Subhash Chawla,completes six months of his one-year term,his tenure so far has been replete with controversies,a ruckus in the House and several promises remaining unfulfilled. While several initiatives were taken with much aplomb at the beginning of his tenure,some of these seem to be fizzling out.
Though the Mayor alleges that it is due to the non-cooperation of the BJP that the going has not been smooth,the BJP claims that despite their demands for proper discussions,these are not being held.
Chawla,when elected,had made several promises,including making the city free of construction waste,improving sanitation facilities,ensuring a good water supply and no new tax to be imposed on the city residents. Most of these promises have fallen flat.
The drive to free the city of construction waste was started around two months ago. A schedule was drawn up for each sector. However,none of the sectors could be made free of construction waste. Problems were encountered with the back lanes and internal roads which could not be cleared up due to the equipment not being suitable. The amount of construction waste reportedly turned out to be more than expected.
No concrete measures could be worked out for improving sanitation facilities in the city. Heaps of garbage can still be seen lying at different places. An initiative was taken to bring back the sanitation workers who were working in the residences of bureaucrats,councillors,etc and ensure that they perform their duties at the designated spot.
The Mayor had assured that no new taxes would be imposed. However,the proposal of imposing House Tax on the city residents was approved. Another proposal doing the rounds is for enhancement of property tax on commercial property. The meetings of the General House have witnessed much ruckus with agenda items being passed without discussion.
Chawla said,I am not satisfied with my performance as I wanted to do much more. One of the problems that is being faced is the lack of co-operative attitude of the BJP. There is so much ruckus in the House that no discussion on any issue takes place. Agenda items are passed without discussion. No feedback is available. Non-issues are given prominence.
He added that the imposition of tax was approved due to compulsions as other work would have come to a halt,and stated that the tax was very nominal. He said that work was going on in all wards. Initiatives have been taken by him for making the city cattle free by sending stray cattle out of the city.
Meanwhile BJP councillor Arun Sood alleges that while the BJP has been demanding discussion on several issues,the Congress has been running away from it. The Budget was never discussed due to which the MC is facing financial constraints. People are facing a shortage of water. In monsoons there will be a problem of water logging as the road gullies have not been cleaned. The Mayor had promised that no new tax would be imposed. He has also assured of a construction waste-free city. This has not been fulfilled, he said.
Similar views are echoed by BSP councillor Jannat Jahan. She said,The BSP regrets voting for the Congress in the Mayoral elections. The meetings of the General House have not progressed smoothly. Issues are not being discussed. There is hooliganism prevailing in the House.