Under fire for civic mess, Indore mayor plans to visit wards
Indore mayor Malini Gaud — who is under attack from the opposition as well as leaders of her own Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over her working style — has planned to go for a ward scan in the city to see the condition of roads and civic amenities herself.indore Updated: Sep 26, 2016 11:26 IST
Indore mayor Malini Gaud — who is under attack from the opposition as well as leaders of her own Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over her working style — has planned to go for a ward scan in the city to see the condition of roads and civic amenities herself.
Gaud, who assumed the office in February last year, was criticised early this month by BJP legislator Ramesh Mendola over poor condition of roads and other works of the municipal body.
In an opinion poll conducted by a Hindi daily, 72% of city residents agreed with the charges Mendola made against Gaud (the survey received a total of 7,000 votes).
Civic body’s leader of opposition Fauziya Aleem had also dubbed her two-year stint as ‘futile’, saying the Gaud sluggish working style had failed the city’s development both as a city mayor and a legislator.
The mayor has chalked out a ten-day plan to scan the entire 85 wards of the city starting from Monday.
Gaud said she would see the accessibility of civic amenities such as public works, drinking water supply, public health works, electricity related complaints, public gardens, drainages and other problems.
Vinod Pathak, the mayor’s spokesperson, said: “Gaud will order immediate resolution of residents’ complaints. A team of executive engineer, city engineer, deputy commissioner and area health official will accompany the mayor.”
The opposition leader, however, is not convinced. “It is a political stunt. Will she visit small localities and slums where people are living in miserable conditions?”
She said the mayor had taken up such a task for the first time during her stint as a mayor, barring a few public appearances in inaugural, garlanding ceremonies and visiting Narmada water treatment plant and sewerage treatment plant.“She has hardly attended her office at the IMC headquarters, and operates most of the time from her house and over telephones,” Aleem said.
Following the opposition this month, a satirical poem criticising Gaud’s tenure started doing rounds in the social networking sites and messaging apps.
The city residents have been registering complaints over poor waste management, bad roads and streets, bad drinking water in some areas, inflated electricity bills and many more.