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THE PANCHKULA Municipal Corporation has asked the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) not to transfer four developed sectors till the civic body is fully equipped with the requisite manpower and financial resources to carry out the maintenance work. At present, MC is maintaining sectors 1 to 19 while sectors from 20 to 28 are being maintained by HUDA. The civic body is responsible for upkeep of roads, maintenance of parks, streetlights, sanitation and solid waste management of sectors within its jurisdiction.
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According to the plan, HUDA will transfer sectors 20, 21, 25 and 26 to the municipal corporation, besides shopping centre and shops of already transferred sectors and remaining six roads, which include dividing roads between 7/18, 7/8, 5/6/ 6/7, 1/6 and 1/2, for maintenance.
HUDA will transfer a total of 482 employees, including sewer men, gardeners, electricians, sanitary supervisors, drivers, beldar, mate and sweepers to carry out maintenance work.
In a letter written to HUDA last month, the civic body raised an objection to the transfer of 248 beldars, 10 mates and 69 sweepers, and said that they were not required in the corporation. The MC stated that there was an acute shortage of supervisory staff as there were only two regular junior engineers and three assistant engineers while two posts of executive engineer were lying vacant.
It was also pointed out in the letter that the corporation was finding it difficult to meet the day-to-day requirements of maintenance and development of existing areas within its jurisdiction. The civic body was not equipped to provide the desired service level and it would be in the interest of residents of Panchkula that the transfer of sectors be deferred.
The principal secretary of Urban Local Bodies Department has convened a meeting on Tuesday to take a decision on transfer of four sectors from HUDA to MC.
Talking to Chandigarh Newsline, Municipal Commissioner Lalit Siwach said that the corporation had already made its stand clear. “At present, we are not in a position to take over the sectors from HUDA,” said Siwach.
The Panchkula mayor said that the HUDA should first provide the required resources before transferring the sectors to MC.
HUDA superintending engineer Preet Mohan said that the mandate of HUDA is to develop sectors and maintain them for first 10 years. “All the four sectors were developed over 10 years ago. Now it’s the duty of the corporation to maintain these sectors,” he said, adding that HUDA would provide all the required resources to the corporation for the maintenance of the four sectors.