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Voters grill candidates in Garden Estate

Five contestants of ward no 34, reserved of women candidates, faced queries from their voters in the Garden Estate area ahead of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) election which is scheduled to be held on Sunday. Vimal Chander Joshi reports.

india Updated: May 13, 2011 02:12 IST
Vimal Chander Joshi

Five contestants of ward no 34, reserved of women candidates, faced queries from their voters in the Garden Estate area ahead of the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) election which is scheduled to be held on Sunday.

In yet another ‘Meet the Candidate’ session on Wednesday evening, only a moderate number of residents gathered out of the total number of 700 voters. While five candidates turned up to address the gathering one by one.

Asked how a municipal councillor can address their perpetual problems such as shortage of water and electricity, one of the candidates Rama Rani Rathi said: “As a public representative, I will ensure that the residents get sufficient supply of these resources.”

A resident, however, rejected the claim saying, “Water supply and electricity distribution don't fall in the domain of the municipal corporation, then how can a councillor solve these problems.”

Residents voiced their concern about the practice of dual taxation, imposed by both the developers and the municipal corporation.

To allay their fears, Pavneet Gill, an articulate candidate, said: “The matter is subjudice in the Supreme Court and the residents might get relieved of the dual tax burden.”

Amandeep Singh, another candidate, promised to fix the problems permanently. “Whatever we speak of is only a symptom, and these problems stem from the fact that we have scarce resources. The councillors should urge for generation of more resources and rest of the problems will be solved automatically.”