Finally after 40 years, around 4,000 residents of Deep Complex in Hallomajra have a reason to cheer as the municipal corporation (MC) of Chandigarh on Tuesday decided to lay sewage and water pipelines in the area. The MC approved a budget of Rs. 6 crore for the project.
While some of the Congress councillors were appreciating union railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal and mayor Subhash Chawla for getting the approval for Deep Complex, BSP councillor Jannat Jahan, who is the area councillor, lashed at Bansal and said, “He has not done anything. It was my effort to get the things done with the help of the UT administrator, and when everything was done, Bansal visited the area and is now taking the credit for the same.”
MC commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh said, “We have already got approval from the UT administration for providing and laying water supply lines, and we will start the work immediately. The MC's public health department has prepared an estimate of Rs. 6 crore for the project, which was approved in the House on Tuesday.”
City mayor Subhash Chawla said it was the long-pending demand of the residents who were deprived of basic amenities. We would try our level best to start the work as soon as possible after the approval of the House.
In 2007, Deep Complex was de-notified, and in 2008, it was transferred to the municipal corporation. The corporation conducted a digital survey for water supply and sewage lines but till date no work had started as the area had been transferred to the administration. But in 2009, a notification was issued by the UT authorities for reverting Deep Complex village to the corporation. Thus, the area remained with the MC for around 13 months.
Uproar in House over day market
Uproar in the House was witnessed after BJP councillor Arun Sood name Madhu Bansal, wife of union railway minister Pawan Kumar Bansal, responsible for scarping the under-construction day market project at Mauli Jagran.
On this, all Congress and nominated councillors demanded apology from Sood.
Nominated councillor Sat Paul Bansal said, “The councillor should not refer to a person, who is not present in the House.”
The mayor acknowledged his views and warned the councillor to be careful in the future.
Councillors happy over increased honorarium
With mayor Subhash Chawla announcing a hike in the honorarium being paid to the mayor, senior deputy mayor, deputy mayor as well as councillors, the House expressed happiness.
The mayor who was getting Rs. 15,000 per month will now get Rs. 20,000. The senior deputy mayor will get Rs. 16,500 from Rs. 12,000 and the deputy mayor will get Rs. 12,500 from Rs. 6,000.
The honorarium for all councillors has been increased from Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 10,000 and they will get the revised amount from October 2011 onwards. The amount for attending the meetings has been increased from Rs. 200 to Rs. 500 and telephone allowance has been increased from Rs. 700 to Rs. 2,000.
Councillors raise civic issues during zero hour
During the zero hour, all councillors raised civic issues pertaining to their wards. The common issues included ill-maintained parks and sanitation.
BJP councillor Davesh Moudgil raised the issue of providing basic amenities to the societies in Sectors 48, 49, 59 and 51. He said when they cast vote for us then why the MC should not provide them with basic amenities. Also, a resolution in this regard had already been approved in a meeting held on April 30 last year.
When BJP councillor Saurabh Joshi said, “Today mayor is looking in a relaxed mood”, in reply Subhash Chawla read out a Ghalib's couplet, “Maine to zindagi is tarah aasan kar le hai, Kisi ko maaf kar diya, Aur kisi se maafi mang le”.