Chandigarh MC fails to chalk out policy, loses out on revenue

  • Hillary Victor, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Feb 29, 2016 14:33 IST
Booths under the Sector-17 overbridge are lying vacant.

Despite repeatedly placing the agenda for the allotment of its booths in the House meeting, the Chandigarh municipal corporation has failed to frame a policy to dispose of 112 booths in Mauli Jagran and 40 under the overbridge at Sector 17.

The booths at Mauli Jagran are waiting for auction since February 2014 and those in Sector 17 since November 2013. The MC will again place the agenda in the House meeting to be held tomorrow to sell 40 booths on freehold basis.

For mer mayor Subhash Chawla said: “Mayor Arun Sood is going directionless as even now, the MC has not taken a permission from UT administration to dispose of its properties. Every time the House approves the agenda, it is rejected by the UT administration.”

In May 2013, for mer UT administrator Shivraj Patil had instructed civic body not to allot, sell any land without the prior approval of the UT administration.

When contacted, MC joint commissioner Rajeev Gupta said: “We have got a permission to disposing of 40 booths. Now, the House will take a final call on this.”

Around 300 MC booths are lying vacant in various parts of the city for the past one decade, leading to a loss of around Rs 7 crore to the civic body.

The issue has been discussed a number of times in the MC House and the then municipal commissioner, Vivek Pratap Singh, had also constituted a committee in August 2014 to frame a policy for the booth allotment, but to no avail.

Even in the audit report of the accountant general that was released recently, it was stated that the civic body did not make efforts to give the booths on lease.

Moreover, the condition of these booths has deteriorated over the years.

MC councillors had even suggested that the shops in Sector 17-22 subway should be given to vendors for setting up food stalls, but nothing has been done so far. Many shops at Badheri and Buterla villages have been lying vacant since the past 10 years.

The MC has also failed to come up with a food street in Sector 48 though a cluster of six food stalls was inaugurated a year back.

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