A war of words was witnessed at the meeting of the General House,as BSP councillor Jannat Jahan accused the Congress of trying to take credit for her work.
The issue pertained to two agenda items about providing basic amenities at Deep Complex in Hallomajra. The agenda mentioned how after a visit by Union Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal to the area with the Finance Secretary and Municipal Commissioner,it was decided that estimates for providing water supply and sewerage system to Deep Complex shall be determined.
Taking exception to this,Jannat said that this was not correct. The fact is that when I met the Union Minister Pawan Bansal for the issue,he point blank refused and said that getting this work done was not in his hands. Then I sought an appointment with the UT Administrator who directed the officers to provide facilities. Bansal is trying to take credit for my work. The Congress is simply trying to promote its MP in the run-up to the elections and giving him credit for all the work, she said.
Jannat added that credit goes to the Administrator and his officers. She added that Bansal did not give any money from the MPLAD fund for the work and only when all approvals had been received did he visit the area. The agenda items are for laying of water pipelines and the sewerage system in the area.
Mayor Subhash Chawla said that in the agenda,all letters written by the BSP councillor have also been attached and her efforts highlighted. There was no need for her to get angry. Our MP is working at the grassroots level and taking interest in the duties of a councillor as well, he said.
Meanwhile,at the start of the discussion on the agenda,Congress councillor Pardeep Chhabra thanked Bansal for getting the long-pending work done.
The issue of Deep Complex has been hanging fire over the past several years. The area was present outside the lal dora land of Hallomajra. Over the years,people kept building houses here and the numbers swelled. With the construction being illegal,no amenities could be provided.
It has now been decided that since the issue affects a large number of people,amenities like water and sewerage should be provided. The issue of regularising the construction will be decided in the time to come.
Tussle over giving credit also arose when the deputy mayor Satish Kainth thanked Bansal for another decision taken recently. The water meters for commercial and domestic use in colonies have been separated in places where people in these areas are running commercial ventures from residences. The BJP objected to this. After the BJP blamed Madhu Bansal,wife of Pawan Bansal for having a hand in getting the construction of the market at Mauli Jagran stalled,ruckus ensued with the Congress demanding an apology.
Death by Stray cattle: Councillors to give up one months salary to compensate widow
The general house of the Municipal Corporation resolved that compensation will be paid to the family of Harpreet Singh Sodhi who died after his two-wheeler hit a stray cattle. It was further discussed that employment should be provided to his wife. The resolution will be sent to the UT Administration for further action to be taken.
Congress and BJP councillors moved table agenda items on the issue. The councillors demanded that the family should be monetarily compensated and a job given to wife of the deceased so that the family can be taken care of. During discussion on the agenda,it was decided that the councillors would contribute one months salary for the purpose. Apart from this,Union Minister Pawan Bansal has agreed to give Rs one lakh. Other councillors agreed to contributing an additional amount apart from one months salary. It was decided that an amount of Rs 5 lakh could be collected by them for the family.
The Municipal Corporation has no power to give compensation. So apart from what the councillors are contributing,in the resolution moved,the Administration has been asked to compensate the family. An amount of Rs 10 lakh was demanded. The councillors opined that the civic body should have a fund for the purpose so that in case compensation has to be given the MC does not have to depend on the Administration.