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MC needs to clean up its act, premises

chandigarh Updated: Nov 15, 2014 15:31 IST
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The UT civic body, which has plenty of cleaning up to do in the city, need not look any further than its own office, to start the process.

The municipal corporation building in Sector 17 here is in a mess.

The basement of the MC building which is meant for two-wheeler parking accommodates offices of road division 1 and 3, and that of the enforcement officer. As many as 25 people work from the basement.

But, the area is in a pitiable state with stinking toilets that leak, wet floors, and junk thrown around.

Two-wheelers also jostle for space here.

In addition, combustible material is stored here. Also, seemingly important records have been left in the open to gather dust.

As the building lacks a canteen, most employees make tea in the basement and throw the leftovers on the ground.

There were no dustbins on most floors.

However, the first floor, which houses the offices of the mayor and the MC commissioner, was spic and span.

But the second floor mirrors the basement, with scrap thrown around in the balcony, and stinking toilets.

Though MC authorities claim to have appointed 10 sweepers, the HT team spotted only four of them during the six hours spent in the building.

MC sub-divisional officer Maninder Singh, said, “Our duty is keep the office clean and we are doing it. About the blocked sewers in the toilets, I requested the executive engineer several times, but in vain.”

The building with about 600 people has just one lift, which was installed in 2008. Even that does not work. The building has violations aplenty such as electrical wires hanging loose in most rooms.

A fire extinguisher near these rooms is surrounded by more such wires. Most rooms are also stacked with papers and files up to the ceiling. In case of a fire, these will expedite damage.

And these violations which are going unchecked only seem to increase with time.