‘UT adviser should conduct surprise visits instead of planned ones’

  • HT Correspondent, None, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Apr 01, 2015 13:47 IST

Instead of making planned visits, UT adviser Vijay Dev should conduct surprise visits to know the ground reality. This was stated former mayor Subhash Chawla during the House meeting on Tuesday.

“It’s often seen that, officers clean the area before his visit. That is why he does not get to know the reality. Moreover, areas are becoming political battlefields due to his visits,” Chawla added.

Quoting a recent incident, he said, “When Dev visited Kajheri village, political rivals of Congress councillor Sheela Phool Singh started raising slogans against her and in favour of the adviser.”

to handover toilets in green belts to RWAs

Waking after 15 months, the MC House in its meeting decided to handover 18 hi-tech toilet blocks spread across the green belt in the city to the residents welfare associations (RWA). It was decided that, in case, RWAs will not come forward, then they will outsource it.

It was in November 2013 when the Chandigarh MC constructed these toilet blocks with an outlay of `1.1 crore with the same technology that was used to construct a 10-storey building in 2012 within 48 hours in SAS Nagar in 2012. Though the work was completed in a month, till date, the civic body has not started operating these blocks due to lack of bidders. These toilets are located in Sectors 15, 18, 19, 22, 35, 37, 38, 40, 42, 11, 56, 29, 41, 48 and 47.

Issue of study tour echoes again

The issue of study tour again echoed in the House meeting on Tuesday. Former mayor Subash Chawla said, “We have learnt through media reports that the MC will recover `9,000 from councillors who took their family members to Port Blair, Kolkata and Chennai in September last year.”

He said, “When MC had given its prior consent for the family members along with councillors in study tour, it had then no right to impose recovery.”

In his reply, MC commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh said, “Councillors should not consider this amount as recovery or penalty as the amount was sought as part of some additional expenses incurred by the family members during the study tour. In any case, councillors had spent money during the tour and recovery was just an extension of those expenses.

“He, however, assured the councillors that they will be intimated properly before sending any recovery as part of the study tour.”

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