Arif, Gupta take on depts, BMC
CONGRESS MLA from Bhopal North Arif Aqueel and Bhopal South BJP MLA Umashankar Gupta on Wednesday lambasted the Bhopal Municipal Corporation and government departments on many issues, including alleged corruption, apathy and mismanagement. The two MLAs went all out against the BMC and government functioning during the district level review meeting. Divisional Commissioner B R Naidu chaired the meeting at the office of District Collector.india Updated: Jan 25, 2007 11:46 IST
CONGRESS MLA from Bhopal North Arif Aqueel and Bhopal South BJP MLA Umashankar Gupta on Wednesday lambasted the Bhopal Municipal Corporation and government departments on many issues, including alleged corruption, apathy and mismanagement. The two MLAs went all out against the BMC and government functioning during the district level review meeting. Divisional Commissioner B R Naidu chaired the meeting at the office of District Collector.
Aqueel, who was supported by Gupta on some issues, charged the BMC with purchasing goods without inviting tenders during the flood-like situation last year.
Aqueel also charged the BMC with apathetic attitude towards the cleaning of nullahs. The sanitation, the Congress MLA alleged, is not being carried out on the pretext of encroachments. Gupta also supported Aqueel on the issue. He said nullahs should be cleaned on a regular basis.
Aqueel also alleged that the release of wastewater is polluting the Upper Lake water despite spending a huge amount of money under the Bhoj Wetland Project. Now officials are saying that fresh schemes are being mooted to clean the Upper Lake water, he said. Aqueel also alleged that the State Government had given wrong information in this regard in Vidhan Sabha.
The other issues raised by the Bhopal North MLA included violation of rules in awarding the BMC contracts, construction of dividers from Bhopal Talkies to Karod Square, lack of drinking water in schools, delay in the construction of water supply tanks and lack of progress in the bus stop construction work despite decisions in the previous meetings.
Aqueel also raised the issue of poor quality mid-day meal. In response, the BMC officials said that they were regular in checking the quality of mid-day meal and even threw the rotten vegetables.
Aqueel, however, said this has proved his point that rotten vegetables are being served to poor students. District Collector S K Mishra, told the BMC Commissioner Manish Singh to ensure the quality of mid-day meal.
MLA Umashankar Gupta also said the authorities have not been implementing the decisions taken in keeping with the wishes of the State Government at the review meeting.
He pointed out that it was decided that the officials would be assigned the work of monitoring the encroachments in their respective areas. But, the orders in this regard could not be implemented.
Citing the example of shanties removal from Kargil Nagar a couple of days ago, Gupta said this was against the State Government policy, according to which, nobody should be removed without proper rehabilitation.
Gupta also said commercial complexes should not be constructed by demolishing old government buildings in the old city. Instead, the parking should be developed at these places, he added.
Gupta also said that police should check the irregular stoppage of the city buses.
On the charges of providing incomplete information, Divisional Commissioner B R Naidu directed the officials to come for meetings with updated information.
Naidu also directed the officials to go for traffic signals at some squares. He also told the BMC officials that all water kiosks should be cleaned and made functional soon.
Gupta alleged that though the permits of some of the diesel tempos were cancelled, they were still being run.
Naidu directed the RTO to ensure that no such diesel tempos should be run. Naidu also issued directives related to the developmental schemes.