As mayor Harphool Chander Kalyan hangs his boots on December 31, an analysis of his tenure can only be termed lacklustre, in spite of his enthusiasm and good intentions. HT tries to see if things could have been done differently and documents the tenure in which he endured the bumpy road of power with a straight face.
Some initiatives like the Japanese Garden in Sector-31 and the launch of toll-free helpline number ‘155304’ to receive complaints for municipal corporation services during an emergency won praise, but important ones like tackling stray animal menace did not yield any result.
He can be credited with the launch of the multimedia laser fountain in Sector 17, during an emergency and inauguration of several green belts. Even councillors from his party, the Congress, believe he could have done a better job.
Had his fair share of controversies
The mayor has had his time with controversies. The study tour to Andaman and Nicobar, the failure to allot paid parking slots and inability to get booths allotted remained major ones.
Meetings were unproductive
Of the 12 monthly meetings, six without any discussion on civic issues concerning residents with his habit of arriving 30 minutes late also getting adverse press. Most meetings remained noisy.
Rather than discussing issues such as stray dog and stray-cattle menace, water logging, encroachments, water scarcity and shortage of sweepers, councillors of both parties, the Congress and the BJP, were found playing petty politics.
Inauguration of Japanese garden in Sector 31.
Launched a toll-free helpline number ‘155304’ to receive complaints for municipal corporation services during an emergency and for stray dogs.
Inaugurated several green belts in city.
The 10-day study tour to Port Blair, Chennai and Kolkata, where MC spent `28 lakh, overshooting the sanctioned expenditure
FAILURE TO ACT
17 paid parking lots in the city were not auctioned due to a deadlock between the MC and the contractors.
Inability to tackle stray dog and cattle issue.
Failed to take any steps to take possession of 18 toilet blocks even after one year, remaining they remain locked.
Failed to frame any policy on the allotment of 250 booths, which are lying vacant from past several years, which caused a loss of Rs 3 crore to the civic body.
(Even though there is time left, chances of these projects taking off ground remain remote)