The Jalandhar Municipal Corporation has released its agenda for the general house meeting scheduled to be held on November 4.
The civic body has proposed to seek a grant of `123.71 crore from the state government for restoration and maintenance of roads. Item number 109 also proposes an ambitious project of installing LED streetlights from the grant.
The civic body will discuss the agenda in the general house meeting in which it has proposed a new site for the solid waste management project in the city scheduled to be implemented by November 5.
This time, the MC has also taken note of the growing problem of dog menace. In its item number 112, it has proposed to allot two canals of land near Birring village for carrying out sterilisation of mongrels in an effort to reduce the population of dogs.
It has also been proposed in the MC agenda that it will discuss about the imbursement of around `13 crore towards MLA fund that has been used for repairing and restoration of roads and lanes in different wards. Installation of automated traffic signal in the city is also mentioned in the agenda which will be discussed in the house meeting to reduce traffic congestion in the city.
The MC is also planning to build around 40 five-seat and three seat block toilets at various places within the municipal limits. The issue will be discussed in the general house meeting. The agenda also carries a proposal for allotment of land for graveyard for the Christian community near Basti Bawa Khel.
The councillors were taken by surprise when the date of house meeting was announced and the agenda was released. Senior deputy mayor Kamaljit Singh Bhatia said mayor Sunil Jyoti in a dictatorial manner has not consulted him while formulating the agenda. He was just informed over the phone about the agenda and the house meeting, he claimed.
“I will keep my fight against corruption on and will question the functioning of the MC during the house meeting. I have seen the agenda and it does not have any salient feature,” Bhatia added.
Nothing new has been proposed besides one or two things and emphasis has been laid upon repair of roads. Earlier, the Mayor had faced flak from both the opposition and his coalition members for poor patchwork of roads carried out by the civic body.
Congress councillor and leader of opposition in MC Jagdish Raj said, “This agenda is a disaster as according to the proposal many contracts of already passed tenders are going to be cancelled. This will result in the loss of crores of rupees to taxpayers. If the work given to the contractors has not been completed then they should be fined and their security seized. I don’t understand this gesture of cancelling the contracts as proposed in the agenda.”