He came, he saw no crowd and he left in a huff without inaugurating the over-ground concrete waste bins waiting for launch.
“I refuse to inaugurate the bins,” said city Mayor Vinod Chamoli infuriated by the absence of media and corporators on Friday at the function in the city.
Only two corporators and a few officials turned up at the venue. Before leaving, Chamoli gave an earful to the corporation officials for failing to publicise the programme, which could have earned the civic body some brownie points.
The Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC) in December last year awarded the tender to a New Delhi-based firm for constructing 32 large over-ground concrete bins in different parts of the city for temporary storage of waste. The first of these solid waste collection spots, which will also double as advertisement centres earning revenue for the civic body, was to be launched near Mussoorie Diversion in Rajpur on Friday.
“This (lack of communication) is simply not acceptable and I refuse to launch the bin. However, (construction) work on other bins will continue unaffected,” Chamoli told HT before leaving from the venue.
“This has never happened before...it is a big embarrassment to the civic body,” said Roshan Bala, the corporator of Rajpur ward who was present at the occasion.
The opposition corporators on Friday turned the heat against the civic body officials by raking up the faltering collection of garbage from houses and dustbins on roads.
The Congress corporators rocked the DMC premises with an aggressive sit-in alleging that the garbage menace has spiralled out of control.
“The corporators are the ones who have to face the public ire on a daily basis,” said senior Congress corporator Jagdish Dhiman.
Municipal commissioner Nitin Singh Bhadauria said the DMC was making all efforts to streamline garbage collection. “We have taken a series of steps and the results will soon be visible,” he said.