Councillors fume over MC’s failure to hold meet

  • Harshraj Singh, Hindustan Times, LUDHIANA
  • Updated: Nov 25, 2014 16:27 IST

There is resentment among councillors over non-convening of municipal corporation (MC) House meeting as various development projects in the city have been hanging fire for the past nine months.

As per the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act 1976, at least one house meeting should be conducted every month but this condition is not being followed in Ludhiana.

The MC councillors have been waiting to discuss the ideas to improve financial conditions of the civic body’s exchequer that is almost empty as per the sources.

The house meetings were conducted thrice in first two months of this year. It was on February 24 last that the civic body had convened a meeting to present proposed budget for 2014-15.

The model code of conduct, which was enforced during Lok Sabha elections in March, was lifted in May but no house meeting has been conducted since then.

Several developmental projects such as non-functional streetlights, storm sewage, covering of ganda nullah, eight laning of Ferozepur road from Jagraon Bridge to Sidhwan Canal, purchasing of new machinery and vehicles, quality control management, carpeting of roads, replacement of water pipes and others have been waiting for approval.

As the house meeting is not being organised, the sangat darshan programme by the MC commissioner is becoming unsuccessful.

Earlier, the Congress councillors had staged protests after which city mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria announced to call a house meeting on July 25 but to no avail. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and independent councillors had also raised voices for monthly house meetings.

“Where will we go now? It is the right of every councillor to speak in house but unfortunately no meeting is being called. It seems mayor has lack of confidence as it has been long time that he has not called any meeting,” said Inder Agarwal, a BJP councillor from ward number 18.

Narinder Kumar Kala, councillor from ward number 52, said: “Roads are not being carpeted in my ward. Sewerage system needs to be upgraded. Besides, public-related issues are not being raised in the absence of house meeting.” He said the mayor had assured them of calling a house meeting soon but the announcement did not reach finality.

When contacted, Gohalwaria said: “I was busy in a conference in October and will call the meeting by the first week of December.” He said it was most important to discuss the generation of revenue to improve the financial condition of MC.

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