Reacting sharply to Sukhbir's spree of announcements of developmental projects in the city, Congress councillors cried foul and said that the detailed reports of two projects were lying pending for approval with the union government, for which the deputy chief minister laid the foundation stones.
"This is just an attempt to fool the public and an election gimmick. Even today, the officials of the municipal corporation were in New Delhi with the detailed project reports (DPRs) of Basti Bawa Khel flyover and Chandan Nagar railway under-bridge.
The MC is running short of finances and had failed to provide basic amenities to the city people. As the elections are approaching, an attempt is made by deputy chief minister by announcing projects of crores to fool the people," said Congress councillor Balraj Thakur.
Leader of opposition Jagdish Raj termed Sukhbir as lucky because it was not raining today. "Had it been raining, he and his convoy of cars would have stuck on the waterlogged streets of the city. Acting smartly, the MC officials laid the foundation stone away from Basti Bawa Khel. Sukhbir must have been shown the condition of the Kapurthala road on which, even for a pedestrian, moving is tough," Raja said.
Mayor Sunil Jyoti, when contacted on the pending DPR issue, said, "The approval or non-approval of DPRs is not related to the start of these projects. MC has sufficient resources to get all these projects completed."