LESS THAN a year after being inaugurated, the interactive civic grievance redress campaign “Mayor-at-Your Doorstep” appears to have come totally unhinged.
Blame it on the rain. Or apathetic civic mandarins. But not one tour has been held under the doorstep campaign for well nigh five months.
In fact, of the 69-odd wards Mayor Uma Shashi Sharma was supposed to visit, she has only made it to five since the campaign got underway on November 14, 2005, with the last visit coming on April 4.
The campaign, which allowed the Mayor to put her finger on civic affairs’ pulse by communing directly with affected residents and, in turn, granted them to a chance to vent spleen at shoddy amenities, generated tremendous enthusiasm.
For instance, more than 100 complaints ranging from grouses regarding water supply, sanitation, drainage and bad roads were voiced by residents when the doorstep campaign debuted in ward 62.
The residents further charged, much to her mortification, that repeated petitions to corporator Anuradha Udawat failed to elicit any result.
To ensure swift resolution of civic snafus raised during the tour, a multi-departmental Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) team comprising Health, Waterworks and Drainage, Horticulture and Electricity/Engineering departments staffers also set up camp at the concerned ward during the mayoral tour.
This was accompanied by a special drive to recover outstanding amounts in property tax, licence fees and water cess from the ward.
“The net result was that for at least one week one ward was sharply in focus be it regarding sanitation conditions, revenue payments or insufficient water supply”, declared a senior BJP corporator pointing out the advantages of the campaign.
One of which, for affected residents at least, was the manner in which the customary red tape was cut to ribbons. “During her visit to the ward the Mayor resolved 39 grievances on the spot and instructed accompanying officials to solve the remaining issues within a week”, revealed Dangore, a scrap dealer who resides in ward 62.
“(The Mayor) also cleared the construction of a 500-feet-long cement road in the Pipaliya police station area and Vandana Nagar Extension, Narmada supply lines for Krishi Vihar and Sainath Colony and construction of a bridge at Vinoba Nagar during the tour”, he recalls with awe the names almost tumbling off his tongue.