With fountains becoming omnipresent across the city with the blame squarely on the Municipal Corporation the UT Administration has now banned the installation of any new fountains in the city. The decision was taken in a meeting of the co-ordination committee on Tuesday.
The meeting was chaired by the Adviser and attended by the Mayor and other officials of the Administration and Municipal Corporation.
Councillors seemed to have developed a fetish for fountains with 36 of them having cropped up over the past few years at a cost of around Rs 6 to 7 crore. Even the Administration had installed them at several places.
They came in various sizes and shapes and had been installed at a cost ranging between Rs 35 lakh to more than Rs 90 lakh. Their maintenance,however,caused problems. There were several instances when the parts of the fountains were stolen making them redundant. Officials at the meeting also observed that some of the fountains installed with jarring lights and other features did not gel with the citys ambience. The civic body had made attempts at formulating a policy for the the installation of fountains but it was the councillors themselves who violated it. While it had been decided that just one fountain would be installed in every ward,this was never the case .
Municipal Commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh said that the Administration has taken a decision as too many fountains had been installed indiscriminately. However,a proposal to install a fountain worth around Rs 3 crore in Sector 17 has been approved by the Administration and the MC. It is yet to be installed.