With municipal corporation (MC) elections scheduled to be held early next year, politicians are trying hard to take credit for as many development works as possible. The latest is the policy on need-based changes in houses built by Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA), which the authorities are expected to release by the next week.
While many local leaders have denied that they are pushing hard to finalise the policy before the MC elections, sources in GMADA confirm the issue of forming the policy is being pushed on to them from all corners.
Even Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has also intervened and taken up the matter with GMADA chief administrator (CA) AK Sinha
While talking to HT, Sinha said, “We are in process of finalising the policy on need-based changes after which, it will be sent to the state government for its approval. Once we get the nod, the policy will be made public and objections will be invited. We hope to finalise it by the next week.”
It is important to mention here that GMADA earlier too had finalised a policy that was withdrawn in 2011. GMADA in its policy had allowed need-based changes in all middle income group (MIG) and lower income group (LIG) flats. However, some residents had moved Punjab and Haryana high court, saying with GMADA allowing such changes, their privacy was being compromised.
GMADA had then withdrawn these changes and started issuing notices to those who had done some changes in houses.
During the Lok Sabha elections, winning member of Parliament (MP) from Anadpur constituency, Prem Singh Chandumajra, had also promised he would get a policy on need-based changes approved.
Commenting on the issue, Chandumajra said, “Though the issue has got nothing to do with the MC elections, it is just that during the Lok Sabha elections I had promised to get the policy approved and am trying to keep up the same. I have in the past several times taken up the matter with GMADA and also made senior leadership aware of the issue, which is the reason we will be getting a policy soon.”
Whether it’s just an election gimmick or not, it is ultimately going to benefit those living in all LIG and MIG flats owners- around 7,000 beneficiaries whose family size is increasing.
It had been their long pending demand that will finally see light of the day.