In the 19-member municipal council, the fight seems to be between the candidates of the SAD-BJP alliance and the Independents as the Congress has fielded candidates in only 10 wards. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has fielded candidates at 11 seats, with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) contesting on eight seats. Overall, 84 candidates are in the fray for the February 25 polls.
There is a touch of rebellion in the SAD as the members of a group are contesting as Independent candidates, after tickets were denied to certain members.
The number of seats has been increased from 13 to 19.
SAD MLA and chief parliamentary secretary NK Sharma’s image is at stake in the polls, which the Akalis are known to dominate having been in power over the last tenure. Independents from the party, who have gone against the MLA’s authority, however, are likely to offer a tough battle. Even last time, the council president Manjit Kaur supported the independent candidates in Dera Bassi.
On the development front, none of the claims of the local leaders have borne fruit and area continues to struggle for basic amenities.
The town’s water supply is a major cause of concern as due to improper drainage system, contaminants and impurities have infested the supply. The lack of a drainage system has meant that even during light rains, traffic comes to a halt.
The mixture of garbage and water turns the town into slush and residents of low-lying areas are the sufferers.
Gurbar Kaur, resident of Dera Bassi, said that problem of contaminated water supply was a major problem and required improvements in infrastructure were needed.
The streets in the town are narrow and are in pathetic shape. Dyalbir Singh, a resident, said that the administration should plan the streets while keeping the residents’ demand in mind.
As vehicles heading to Delhi have to negotiate the town, traffic chaos remains a major problem and pedestrians in fact are the worst sufferers. Businesses are also hit and the construction of a flyover has added to the chaos.
No public park
There is no public park for the convenience of residents, a major demand of the people.
The administration’s intervention in installing water tanks has in fact rendered the parks useless and unfit for the public.
The candidate that could deliver on this head could be a major draw for voters.
This is a major road hazard and has become a cause of concern, leading to fatal accidents. With streetlights not functional, two-wheelers essentially negotiate a death trap everyday for their lives. Authorities are least bothered about these issues.
Number of seats: 19
Total voters 33,988
Total wards: 19
Total income from 2008-13: Rs 8.2 cr
Expenditure from 2008-13: Rs 6.7 cr
Anticipated seat Sharing
Congress is contesting 10 seats on the party symbol.
SAD is contesting on 11 seats
BJP in contesting on 8 seats
Last Year results
SAD got 7 seats and BJP was on 2 seats, Congress on 1 and 3 were independents.
Total voters 33,988
Illegal encroachments from the Delhi highway should be removed as the road is already facing a lot of traffic chaos, because of the under-construction flyover. Mandeep Singh, a resident of Amardeep Nagar.
Every time during elections, candidates make tall promises regarding the development of the town, but there is no execution. The MC officials should take responsibility to construct and maintain public parks. Monika Saini, a teacher and resident of Shakti Nagar in Dera Bassi.
We need to get a lid on the free-roaming stray animals to avoid accidents in the town. We need to install security gates to instill a feeling of confidence. Gurbar Kaur, a resident of Adarsh Nagar.
Local leaders try to mislead and hoodwink residents on the issue of development. We need urgent planning to ensure there is no water logging. Gaurav Sharma, a resident of Dera Bassi.