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Tardy development, rise in crime cause concern

india Updated: Jan 11, 2007 14:47 IST
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WESTERN REGION Power Distribution Company came under scathing attack for not installing sanctioned transformers in rural areas on the promised date at the District Planning Committee meeting held at Collectorate on Wednesday.

MLAs Manoj Patel and Antar Singh Darbar alleged that the Company staffers don’t mark burnt transformers in their official register till 10-15 days. They demanded to know why new transformers don’t last for even two months.

Peeved at the speechlessness of company officials, minister in charge of the district Himmat Kothari directed superintending engineer Kamal Vyas to submit a status report to him on burnt transformers and the quality of coils used in
them.

Intervening, State Co-operative Apex Bank vice-president Bhanwar Singh Shekhawat complained that officials don’t come prepared with information. Subsequently, Kothari directed all department heads to come armed with information on subjects taken up at DPC.

As for utilisation of MP and MLA fund, elected representatives charged Indore Municipal Corporation for not commencing construction of development projects approved from MLAs, MP fund. “They are pending since last four years in my constituency,” Assembly segment one MLA Usha Thakur said after which Kothari asked Municipal Commissioner Vinod Sharma to submit a status report to him.

While reviewing the projects launched by Public Health Engineering Department, district panchayat member Asha Rajore alleged that hand pumps were not repaired at Simrol, Sonvay and Harsola despite complaints made last month. PHE officials had no answer when public representatives asked them how many of 178 tubewells installed in rural areas were functional. Intervening, BJP corporator Chandu Shinde said tubewells continue to be dug despite ban ordered last December.

The DPC members then drew attention to district’s rising crime graph. They complained of rampant satta and illicit liquor trade.

“There are 10 illegal liquor outlets in each village of Mhow,” Mhow MLA Darbar informed. Supporting him, Usha Thakur said sale of illicit liquor goes unchecked in Banganga and Chandan Nagar among other areas in her segment. MP Obedullah Azmi’s representative Tariq Khan alleged that gambling, satta, smuggling, flesh trade goes unabated at farm houses, dhabas, motels situated between Bilawali tank and Choral.

District Collector Vivek Aggarwal and Kothari asked them to submit specific information by naming the establishments and the type of activities held there. However, none came up with specific names.

Among other allegations, there was a lighter moment when Asha Rajore told the Collector that he never responds to her calls. “You don’t pick up your cell phone whenever I call you, though you keep saying at DPC meetings that you cold be contacted if there are any problems,” she complained as others laughed. She refused to budge even when Aggarwal insisted that he was available to all in the district.

The meeting ended on a happy note when Usha Thakur thanked government for sanctioning construction of Rs 7.52-crore Banganga overbridge in her constituency.

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