Ruckus marks Panchkula MC meet

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Panchkula
  • Updated: Jun 22, 2014 11:31 IST

Ruckus marked the municipal corporation (MC) meet here on Saturday. There were heated arguments between six councillors, MC commissioner SS Phullia and mayor Upinder Walia.

The arguments started on agenda number 2 in the meeting regarding recruitment of more garbage collectors. All these councillors who are from wards in the villages said no cleanliness was being maintained in their wards and people were fed up.

While they demanded 100 more garbage collectors, the house agreed to only 50. This led to a debate which turned into heated arguments and the councillors accused both the mayor and MC commissioner of bias.

As their demand was not agreed to, these councillors - Satinder Singh Tony, Ravi Kant Swami, Salim Khan, Kuljit Kaur Varich, Surjirt Kaur and Surinder Singh - got into a heated argument and later walked out of the House.

It was after some time that the House again resumed the session without them and the agenda items were discussed. Meanwhile, the House approved the recruitment of 60 garbage collectors.


The House also approved ` 5lakh life insurance for firefighters with the fire department. Till now they were not insured, though they worked in adverse conditions and their job involved risking their lives.

Another a g enda item of importance was about the construction of a garbage centre and the house approved it subject to land being allotted by the Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA). The MC also discussed the issue regarding construction of a dog pound and it was decided that it would be constructed in the next two months.

Issues related to streetlights, repair of roads and other development agenda items were also discussed. The MC will also construct flats for army personnel and about 48.5 acres of land has been allotted for it. Regarding water issues, the House accepted the proposal regarding construction of a sub-surface dam on the Ghaggar near Diwanwala village to meet the drinking water requirement of the city.

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