Nine days after he took charge as the first mayor of the Millennium City, Vimal Yadav attended his renovated office for the first time on Thursday.
When the Hindustan Times asked him if he was happy to have occupied the highest office of the corporation, Yadav said: "I would be happy when I see smile on the face of a common man of Gurgaon. People, at the moment, are unhappy about the state of affairs. We want to change that first."
He said the civic body is to hold darbar (public meetings) weekly from this month. The darbar will be attended by all three office bearers - mayor, deputy mayor, and senior deputy mayor - apart from MCG officials and Congress party workers.
"The darbar will be held for the people of Gurgaon. In one week, one ward will be covered," said Yashpal Batra, senior deputy mayor.
The darbar will be held in both rural and urban areas, said GL Sharma, district Congress president (urban). The corporation will also start a single window service where people can come for the redressal of their civic problems such as house tax, birth certificate, building plan.
As the office bearers turn up, a barrage of people came to congratulate them. The office was bustling with activities, a chatter of party workers, well wishers, supporters and journalists.
Yadav, the first time politician, looked no different from a student union leader.
He was accompanied by his three brothers. There was less work but a lot of celebration in his office. But senior deputy mayor Batra, being a seasoned politician, was seen discussing ways to speed up the movement of files. A superstitious deputy mayor, Parminder Kataria, didn't sit in the office on Thursday because a priest had suggested him to start his term on Sunday.