The first mayor of Ambala municipal corporation (MC), Ramesh Mal, took charge at the corporation's office at Jagadhri Gate here on Wednesday. Member of legislative assembly (MLA) Venod Sharma, all the 19 councillors and several people attended the function.
Mayor's wife Satya Devi and other family members were also present on the occasion. Addressing the gathering, Sharma described Mal as an honest and dedicated worker. "He is well aware about the problems of the town," the MLA said.
Assuring of unbiased development, Sharma said the mayor would not discriminate between Ambala cantonment area and the main city.
Thanking the MLA and chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Mal claimed that his efforts would be for the all-round development of the town. He said that his priority would be sanitation, safe drinking water and desilting of major drains. "I will be available to the people round-the-clock," he said.
Deputy commissioner K Makrand Pandurang said that the mayor would soon be provided with a residence and official vehicle. The post of the mayor was reserved for a candidate from the schedule caste category. Mal has won from the town's Ward 3 as an independent candidate. All Congress councillors had voted for him in the mayoral election on July 2.