Political drama is likely to unfurl at the Dehradun Municipal Corporation’s (DMC) board meeting scheduled to take place on Thursday (October 8). The Congress party — sitting in the opposition in the civic body — plans to hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led corporation leadership over multiple issues.
The Congress corporators listed a number of issues including encroachments and derailed solid waste management in the agenda over which they plan to grill the saffron party.
“On our priority will be the issue of encroachments on civic body land and the lack of action by the BJP-leadership. A land survey (to identify the extent of encroached and encroachment-free land of the DMC) was approved by the then municipal commissioner last year but there has been no action in that regard,” Ninu Sehgal, leader of the opposition, told HT.
Referring to the solid waste management system in the city, Sehgal said the issue of haphazardly created collection points for garbage will also be raised during the board meeting. Conflict over a collection point in Kargi area had recently led to an ‘attack’ on waste collectors who in turn went on strike for two days.
Other sticking points, that the Congress corporators plan to draw the board’s attention to, include lack of imposition of commercial tax, poor homework by the DMC in property tax imposition and regularisation of long-serving employees of the civic body.
The DMC board consists of the entire strength of the civic body which includes all the 60 corporators (one from each ward) and the mayor who collectively take important decisions in city’s interest. According to norms, the board is expected to meet at least six times a year. However, the upcoming meeting is being held after a gap of about four months.