While development goes slow,MC okays Rs 2.94 cr for 6 fountains

The Municipal Corporation’s development work might be moving at a slow pace but that does not seem to have affected the approval and installation of fountains.

Written by Khushboo Sandhu | Chandigarh | Published: January 30, 2011 2:45:34 am

‘Villages and colonies complain about work not being done; basic facilities should be provided first; people are facing drinking water supply problems; these need to be sorted out,’ says councillor

The Municipal Corporation’s (MC) development work might be moving at a slow pace but that does not seem to have affected the approval and installation of fountains. As many as six fountains worth Rs 2.94 crore were approved by the councillors at the House Meeting on Friday,with the cost of each fountain ranging between Rs 35 lakh and Rs 97 lakh.

A large number of fountains are already installed in different parts of the city. At least one fountain is being installed in each ward and in some the number is more.

The fountains come with fancy names. While A Slow Sequence Programming Fountain would be installed in Sector 49 for Rs 44.90 lakh,a Hybrid Musical Fountain would be installed in Fragrance Garden,Sector 36,at a cost of Rs 97.57 lakh. The others include Crown Jet Fountain,Crown Sculpture Fountain,etc.

The decision to install these expensive fountains comes at a time when the civic body has drawn flak for improper utilisation of funds already allocated for development works. While the number of agenda items passed is quite high,the execution of work is hardly commensurate.

Councillor Ram Sumer Morya rued,“The date for inauguration of a green belt in Sector 51 has been fixed thrice and then canceled as the work has not been completed. The pace of work approved in my ward is very slow.”

Councillor Anil Dubey said that his proposal for setting up a day market at Mauli Jagran has not been cleared for more than a year but fountains are being approved at almost every meeting.

Another councillor,Dr A P Sanwaria,said that instead of spending huge amounts on installing fountains,facilities should be provided in the villages and colonies.

“The councillors of the villages and colonies complain about work not being done in their areas. Basic facilities should be provided first. People are facing problems of adequate supply of drinking water. These problems need to be sorted out,” he pointed out.

Some of the councillors in whose wards fountains are already installed rue the lack of maintenance. Councillor Devinder Sigh Babla said that the fountains installed in his ward are almost always non-functional as the parts get stolen.

“The lights from the fountain are missing and the fountains are non-functional most of the time,” he pointed out. “These have become a haven for stray dogs.”

However,this does not seem to be a deterrent for other councillors who ensure that fountains are installed in their wards. From roundabouts in some sectors to gardens and greenbelts,fountains are present at many places in the city. Some of these have been installed by the UT Administration. In fact,a fountain is present on the island at Sukhna Lake and some in the middle of the lake in Sector 42.

Municipal Corporation officials informed that a maintenance clause is included in the contract for the new fountains to be installed.

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