MC wakes up to booth allotment after 10 years

  • Hillary Victor, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Mar 09, 2015 10:43 IST

The issue was discussed in the MC house several times and MC commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh also constituted a committee in August last year to frame a policy for the booth allotment, but to no avail.

Mayor Poonam Sharma has even proposed to allot 212 booths constructed by the MC to women in Mauli Jagran.

Former mayor Subhash Chawla said a policy should have been formed before constructing the booths. He also appreciated the mayor’s move to allot 212 booths, constructed two years ago, to women in Mauli Jagran.

Even in the audit report of the accountant general that was released recently, it was stated that the civic body did not make efforts to lease out the booths. The condition of these booths has deteriorated over the years. The shops could have been leased out through advertisements in newspapers or internet, the report had said.

MC councillors even suggested that the shops in the of Sector 17-22 subway should be given to vendors for setting up food stalls, but nothing has been done so far. Even 26 booths at the air-conditioned fish market in Sector 41 are lying vacant for the past three years. Many shops at Badheri and Buterla villages have been lying vacant for the 10 years now.

In November 2013, the civic body constructed 40 booths under the newly- built over bridge in Sector 17, but nothing has moved to date. The MC is yet to come up with a food street in a southern sector of the city though a cluster of six food stalls was inaugurated in Sector 48 a year back in the absence of a policy.

The MC’s earnings have also dipped from the target of Rs 70 crore to Rs 49 crore this fiscal.

There are several reasons for the poor earnings of the civic body, which earned Rs 92 crore in 2013-14, more than its target and non-allotment of booths is one of them, say sources.

What they say
Despite imposing house tax last year, the civic body draws a blank when it comes to revenue generation. Davesh Moudgil, former deputy mayor.

I will meet UT adviser Vijay Dev in a couple of days as the MC is not taking the matter seriously. Pardeep Chhabra, former mayor.

We will table an agenda to frame a policy on booth allotment in the House. The policy will be framed soon. Poonam Sharma, mayor.

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