Bhopal: Locals wait for help as corporators pass the buck on wards’ jurisdiction

  • Mujeeb Faruqui, Shruti Tomar & Kalyan Das, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Jul 10, 2016 15:49 IST
Washing machines float inside a showroom at MP Nagar in Bhopal on Saturday. (Praveen Bajpai/ HT photo)

While residents in the Madhya Pradesh capital grapple with a flood-like situation following overnight heavy showers, a couple of city corporators are busy playing a political blame game by shying away from their responsibility.

Residents of Risaldar Colony and Chhola Road have alleged that corporators of their wards —ward no 16 and 18 — are turning a deaf ear to their plea for help by passing the responsibility to each other, saying that the flooded neighbourhoods does not fall under their jurisdictions.

Risaldar Colony falls under two wards as some of its area is under the purview of Jyoti Tiwari, corporator of ward No 18 while a part of the neighbouhood falls under the jurisdiction of Najma Ansari, the corporator of ward No 16.

“We contacted our corporator Najma Ansari a number of times before the monsoon started to clear the blocked drainage systems in the neighbourhood, but she told us that the area falls under ward no 18 and asked us to contact Tiwari,” said Umar, a resident of ward no 18.

“When we called Tiwari, she too told us that she cannot help us as the locality falls under ward no 16,” he said.

Ansari, however, rubbished the allegations, saying that the flood situation in the neighbourhood was not as grave as residents are claiming.

“I am always present for residents of my ward to solve their problems,” he said.

When HT tried to contact Tiwari, her husband, Gopal picked up the phone and insisted that HT to talk to him regarding the issue.

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