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Sr deputy mayor did not utilise allocated funds: MC report

This was revealed in a report of the municipal corporation.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: January 1, 2014 12:11:49 am

Senior deputy mayor Kashmiri Devi did not spend a single rupee of the Rs 20 lakh allocated to her,while deputy mayor Satish Kainth used only

Rs 4.16 lakh of the Rs 10 lakh allocated to him. This was revealed in a report of the municipal corporation. The tenure of the mayor,senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor ended on Tuesday,with the allocated funds not being fully utilised. Even Mayor Subhash Chawla utilised only Rs 1.75 crore of the Rs 2 crore from the Mayor Development Fund.

Councillors of the opposition rue that no money from the Mayor Development Fund was allocated for work in their wards. They alleged that only Congress councillors benefited from the funds.

The senior deputy mayor reportedly never attended office and was out of India for several months during the year.

Leader of the opposition in the House,councillor Arun Sood said,“The overall performance,when it comes to spending the funds,is poor. The wards of the opposition councillors were completely neglected. Even when it comes to spending the ward development funds,it is the BJP councillors who take the lead,” he said.

An amount of Rs 40 lakh is allocated to councillors every year for getting work done in their wards. Sood is the only one to have allocated the entire amount. BJP’s candidate for the post of mayor,Rajinder Kaur Rattu,allocated only

Rs 6.58 lakh for development in her ward. H C Kalyan,mayoral candidate for the Congress,was fared better as he allocated Rs 15.67 lakh for his ward.

Mayor Chawla lists highlights of tenure

Mayor Subhash Chawla listed out his achievements in the past one year on the last day of his term. He claimed that during his tenure,a new overbridge was inaugurated and the construction of a new multi-level parking lot in Sector 17 started. He also stated that a sewerage treatment plant was inaugurated. Also,efforts were made to take stray cattle out of the city.

Chawla said that an improvement was brought about in the supply of water in 2013,while adding that to tackle the stray cattle menace,several measures had been taken. However,cattle heads were coming to the city from towns of Mohali and Panchkula. From March next year,the sterilisation of stray dogs would also begin again. Chawla said efforts were made to speed up the work already going on. He said an amount of Rs 140 crore had been spent from the Plan Head. A total of 417 km of road had been carpeted and 37 new tubewells approved for improving water supply. Also,the management information system was launched and several community centres inaugurated besides plans for construction of new schools being approved.

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