In blatant misuse of power, brother of the senior deputy mayor of Yamunanagar municipal corporation (MC) in Haryana has allegedly occupied 50% portion of a public toilet in the city and opened a garment shop in it under the nose of the district administration.
The officials of Yamunanagar MC and the district administration, who have failed to take any action to remove the encroachments, are keeping mum over the issue.
Manmohan Singh, 37, brother of senior deputy mayor Pawan Bittu, who belongs to the ruling BJP, has forcibly taken the possession of a portion of the public toilet, which was reportedly meant for the residence of the sweeper.
He has even installed huge hoardings with the banner Shree Collections on the face of the public toilet and installed mannequins to attract buyers.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Saroj Bala, mayor of the Yamunanagar, said the possession was illegal as the toilet was constructed by the MC and a government property. “But the man who has taken the possession is a relative of the local BJP leader and senior deputy mayor Pawan Bittu, so nobody is ready to speak”, the mayor, who owes allegiance to the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), said.
“We had taken up this matter at the recent House meeting and several members objected to this, but the officials failed to take action,” she said.
Girish Arora, Yamunanagar MC commissioner said, “The matter is not in my knowledge, but it was not discussed during the House meeting in my presence”. He said, “Though the land on which the building was constructed belongs to the corporation, the toilets were constructed in collaboration with the Sulabh Sauchalaya.”
When it was drawn to his attention that the man who has taken the possession is brother of a local BJP leader, he said, “When we set up the sulabh sauchalyas, there are some rules and regulations. Since you have raised this issue, I will examine if there has been a violation or not.”
MC executive officer Deepak Sura said, “I don’t have any information about it as we are busy in meetings and tomorrow also, I will be busy in another meeting.”
Asked why the corporation failed to take action as the construction is at a prime location in the city, he said, “We were busy and could not discuss this issue.”
Meanwhile, Bittu denied any violation but admitted that the shop was being run from a 6ft x 4ft area in the public toilet.
Local BJP MLA Ghanshyam Das Arora was not available for comment.