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Pending projects top on new mayor's agenda

chandigarh Updated: Jan 13, 2015 22:51 IST
HT Correspondent

Mayor Poonam Sharma during an interaction with officials of the municipal corporation (MC) on Tuesday expressed the need of having cooperation between different departments and asked officials to work in a time-bound manner. She also requested them to submit a development report of their respective wings in written at the earliest so that problems could be verified and addressed.

During the meeting, MC commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh, senior deputy mayor Rajesh Gupta and deputy mayor Gurbax Rawat were also present.

Mayor said, "More needs to be done in terms of popularising the common complaint number (155304) among the masses, and the officials concerned should submit a complete status report regarding complaints received on weekly-basis."She said that the complaint number should also be displayed outside all MC buildings along with the community centres.

Other issues taken up by the mayor with officials include water-supply status; formation of councillor's co-ordination committee; review of policies to control stray-dog menace; appointment of dedicated staff to regularly monitor the status of projects submitted with the UT chief architect; a proposal to eradicate the staff crunch in the MC head office.

Apart from stressing the need to enhance the budget for slums during the current financial year budget, she also pointed out that a survey covering all properties under the MC, including villages and booths in sectors, would be done soon and the status report would be tabled before the House within a month.

On sanitation, the mayor said the door-to-door garbage collection would be made compulsory and violators would be penalised.

Other issues such as the formation of Sehaj Safai Kendras in all rehabilitation and slum colonies; tubewells in all fire stations; review of policy regarding augmentation of installation of high-mast lights; to recruit more labourers in the engineering wing of the MC; and regular inspection of all ongoing projects were also discussed.

"The overall development of the city is my priority, and all unfinished projects will be completed soon with the cooperation of councillors and MC officials. Also, the active participation of public is necessary to ensure the status of the City Beautiful always remains intact,"said the mayor.

MC celebrates Lohri

Chandigarh: Lohri was celebrated at the MC office on Tuesday with much enthusiasm. The celebration was marked by a 'giddha' performance and 'bolliyan' by famous Punjabi artistes.

Mayor Poonam Sharma, municipal commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh, senior deputy mayor Rajesh Gupta, deputy mayor Gurbax Rawat, joint commissioner Rajiv Gupta, chief engineer Mukesh Anand along with all employees of the local body participated in it.

Mayor said, "We are celebrating this year's Lohri on the theme "Say no to violence against women and girl child".