Rising above party lines, councillors attending the municipal corporation House meeting on Monday lashed out at the UT administration for “functioning in a dictatorial manner,” claiming the civic body was being forced to cater to its whims and fancies.
“Before taking even minor decisions we have to look behind our shoulders. Whenever the administration feels like levying new taxes, it goes ahead without taking us into confidence,” they said. Another councillor said: “Though we always make it a point to invite administration officials to all our functions and lay out the red carpet treatment, they don’t have the courtesy to invite elected councillors.”
BJP councillor Arun Sood said: “Last week we weren’t invited to the inauguration of the garden of palms in Sector 42.” MC commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh replied, “It wasn’t right on the part of the administration,” adding he would take up the matter with the advisor.
BJP councillor, Satinder Singh, said: “The administration never consulted the councillors even when drawing up the city’s 2031 master plan. Besides, the mayor was invited to attend a meeting only once. Aren’t we competentRs” The councillors demanded that the master plan should be placed before the House. Former mayor Subhash Chawla said: “We never get a financial grant on time and, if we look at the records, the administration has yet to release Rs 500 crore grants.”
BJP COUNCILLOR PROTESTS
BJP councillor Saurabh Joshi sat on the floor to register his protest over what he termed the civic body’s failure to provide funds for utilities and maintenance of buildings and roads at Panjab University, the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences and Research and PEC University of Technology. He added that even as the area was considered under Ward No 2 of the MC and from the past 16 years nearly 8,000 residents had been casting their votes to elect the councillor, the residents got nothing in return. The MC, on its part, had been dillydallying on the issue claiming that these were autonomous, he alleged.