City kids who play on the streets after being turned out from the lush green parks have a reason to rejoice. The municipal corporation councillors in the general house decided to dedicate parks especially for children on Friday.
The sites will be identified in various sectors and the report will be sent to UT chief architect for approval to turn the parks into playgrounds. The development is significant as the children used to face tough time after being turned out from the parks and the gardens in various sectors by the residents. Municipal commissioner VP Singh said the details would be forwarded to the UT administration after carrying out the survey.
The pilot project will be initiated in Sector 15. The issue of developing playgrounds was deliberated upon in detail by Congress councillor Pardeep Chhabra. He highlighted that many proposals in different sectors were lying pending pertaining to the development of playgrounds.
He asserted two playgrounds in Sector 22 were approved to be converted into badminton courts but till date nothing had been done in this regard. The councillors stated that playground proposals were pending in Sector 15¸ 18, 19, and 21 since more than six months awaiting final nod from the UT Administration.
The Mayor and the councillors gave each other 'Diwali gift' by agreeing unanimously by clearing the proposal of increasing honorarium for all. The mayor will now get Rs 15,000 as against Rs 10,000 earlier. The councillors as well as nominated councillors would take home Rs 10,000 as against Rs 5000. The increase has come after about seven years. Infact in the last term of the corporation almost every year the councillors used to demand hike in the honorarium but no changes were made.
The general house gave nod to the proposal of regularization of contractual employees. The councillors highlighted that some of the employees were working since the inception of the corporation in 1996 and they were to be regularised. About 72 employees may see regularization if the UT administration gives a go ahead to the proposal. Congress councillor Subhash Chawla taking up the issue highlighted that the contractual workers should be made permanent employees.
The proposal for consultancy by National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) in Nagpur on development of comprehensive solid waste management plan for Municipal Corporation and approval of consultancy placed before the general house was deferred. A sub-committee to study the issue was formed which found discuss the matter threadbare before placing it before the house.
Bharatiya Janata Party Councilor Satinder Singh targeted the premiere-investigating agency. He highlighted that municipal corporation officials were bribing the CBI with Rs 80,000 every month by deploying the corporation employees at the CBI office in Sector 30. He highlighted that two safai karamcharis were working in the CBI office but were being paid by the corporation.
Nominated councillor D S Sandhu took up the issue that the committees should be given more powers. He also asserted that regular meetings of the committees should be held otherwise they were of no use. He stated that the two committees of enforcement and apni mandi had only met twice the entire year.
BJP councilor Arun Sood in a surprising suggestion said that requirement of cycle tracks across the city required to be studied. He added the cycle tracks were not being used frequently and they were being re-carpeted again and again without any reason.
The conclusion of the house saw exchange of arguments between BJP councillor Arun Sood and Congress councillors. The Congress councillors did not let Arun Sood discuss the issue of setting up stalls during Diwali in the markets and cut short his conversation abruptly before ending the meeting.