Congress corporators created ruckus at the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) general council meeting on Thursday, calling the Smart City project a land-grabbing and money-laundering plan.
Bhopal figured last in the top 20 list of smart cities announced by the Centre last week.
On Thursday, as soon as the house proceedings started, chairman Surjeet Chouhan congratulated the mayor and commissioner on the city being selected in the Smart City project.
But, Congress corporators led by Girish Sharma and Amit Sharma interrupted the proceedings, claiming that Tulsi Nagar and Shivaji Nagar were given priority in the project while other wards were ignored.
Corporator Girish Sharma said the residents of Tulsi Nagar and Shivaji Nagar themselves did not agree for their area to be selected as a part of the project on the cost of environment.
Other corporators gathered at the center of the meeting hall and raised slogans asking the civic body not to misuse power.
To subside the voices of opposition members, the ruling Bhartiya Janta Party corporators too started sloganeering in favour of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
When members of both the sides came to the well and shouted slogans, chairman quickly passed all the agendas with the majority’s agreement and adjourned the council meeting.
Divided on all fronts, united for one
Both Congress and BJP corporators did not use their mobile phones at the general Council meeting for the very first time after mayor Alok Sharma declared a ban on use of phones during sessions.
The mayor’s move had come after a BMC employee was caught watching porn during session.
“I am happy that, as we had requested, no corporators from the Congress or the BJP used their phone in the session. At least they stand united on some front,” said general council chairman Surjeet Chouhan.
BMC is auctioning 20 shops of multi-level parking Sant Hirdaram Nagar for which tenders were invited on January 28. The meeting was to discuss the acceptance on the highest bids received for three shops.
The civic body is auctioning 43 shops under construction across the city for which tenders were invited on January 28. The general meeting was to discuss the acceptance on the highest bids received for two shops.
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had proposed the road located at Geetanjali square to be named after late Deviprasad Sharma