Having been elected as the Mohali mayor on August 28, after the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and BJP councillors boycotted the elections, Kulwant Singh took charge as the city’s first mayor on Monday. The SAD and BJP also announced their leaders of opposition in the MC house and both parties assured that they would play the role of a constructive opposition. While SAD has named Sukhdev Singh Patwari as its leader of opposition, the BJP has handed the responsibility to Arun Sharma.
After assuming charge, Kulwant Singh promised to bring in transparency in the working of the Municipal Corporation (MC) and start the much-needed city bus service. He also said that the first meeting of the House would be called within a week.
On the ongoing projects, including the new sanitation contract which is under the scanner, the new mayor said the issue would be discussed during the House meeting and the project would be reviewed. He also said that the paid parking issue will also be discussed in the meeting.
“The Vigilance Bureau (VB) is already looking into the matter (sanitation contract) but we will also review it and conduct an internal inquiry. If anything wrong is found then it will be terminated by following the proper procedure,” Kulwant Singh added. The Rs 13-crore mechanised sanitation project is under the lens as the VB has already asked the MC to submit documents of the project. VB officials said that they have received many complaints regarding the project.
On other prospective initiatives, the new mayor said the city bus service would soon be started to connect Mohali with its satellite towns.
“We will make all the efforts to start the city bus service. I have already spoken to the authorities concerned about it but if needed then we will also tie-up with a bank and take a loan to start it,” Singh said.
The mayor also appealed to the shopkeepers not to encroach onto the area outside their shops. Listing other priorities, Kulwant Singh said he will also also make efforts to get Mohali included in the smart city project.”Due to the petty politics, the city’s name could not be selected for the smart city project. But we will try our best to get the city’s name selected for the prestigious project next year,” Singh assured.