Even after nine months the municipal corporation has not taken possession of 18 toilet blocks, which were constructed with the technology with which a 10-storey building was constructed within 48 hours in SAS Nagar in 2012, as a result all these remain locked.
The matter came to light in the MC House meeting on Monday when Congress councillor Pardeep Chhabra raised the issue and officers admitted that they had not even taken the possession of toilets, which were constructed in November 2013.
The MC, for the first time, took up the project by spending around Rs 1.1 crore so that operation could be started soon. A company namely Synergy Thrislington constructed the toilets, mostly on the green belts within a month.
BJP councillor and deputy mayor Davesh Moudgil said, “It is a sheer wastage of money and it shows the seriousness of the officers concerned. The toilets are not being put to use even after spending Rs 1.1crore. It would have been better, had they gone for concrete toilets.”
The MC got 18 toilet blocks built in 15 greenbelts in Sectors 11, 15, 18, 19, 22, 29, 35, 37, 38, 40, 42, 56, 41, 47 and 48. The toilets are made of modular steel structures using walls made up of expanded polystyrene system. The material used in these toilets is insulated which ensures better thermal conductivity and is eco-friendly too. The technology is earthquake resistant up to zone five.
The MC House also took up the case of handing over operation, running and maintenance of already renovated public toilets in various markets of Chandigarh on operation and transfer basis to the market welfare association. It was decided that only the market welfare association which were elected and registered would be given the same and memorandum of understanding (MoU) would be signed with the association.
The House also approved signing of memorandum between Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, and the MC for setting up Nisargruna biogas plants based on biodegradable waste in Chandigarh. The House had already approved the installation of two biogas plants of 5 MT each at an approximate cost of Rs 20 lakh per MT.
POLITICS OVER HIRING EX-SERVICEMEN AS FIREMEN, DRIVERS
Heated arguments were witnessed over the hiring of exservicemen as firemen and drivers from Punjab ex-servicemen corporation (PESCO). Though the Congress supported the move that ex-servicemen should be considered for these posts, the BJP councillors opposed it tooth and nail and said instead of PESCO, the youth should be given a chance.
On this, nominated councillor Major DS Sandhu (retd) lost his cool and said, “When country needs them, they take them, but after serving the country, just for 17 years, they are shunned out. Unfortunately, at this stage, their age is in early 40s and their families are not even settled. Now, the House is insulting them by not giving job.”
Congress councillor Pardeep Chhabra said, “At present, the fire department needs 40 firemen and 10 drivers and they should be considered from PESCO only on temporary basis. Later, during final recruitment, we will work on it.”
WATER TARIFF AGENDA DEFERRED
The MC House deferred the agenda of water tariff. The public health wing of the MC has come up with a revised tariff plan which is likely to pinch residents using above 60 kilolitre (KL) of water. At present, residents pay Rs 8 per KL for 60 to 80 KL of water. If the revised tariff plan is introduced, they will have to pay Rs 25 per KL. Regarding the audit of the water to avoid wastage and monitoring the supply in a uniform and time-bound manner, the MC formed a committee that will study the system in other parts of the country and submit its report.