Chandigarh MC plays deaf to adviser Vijay Dev’s directions

  • Hillary Victor, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Oct 12, 2015 11:04 IST
UT adviser Vijay Dev.

The municipal corporation has cocked a snook at the UT adviser Vijay Dev, ignoring almost all his directions to initiate new works, improve public facilities and infrastructure.

Almost 10 months have passed since the adviser inspected various public sites in the city and asked officials concerned to pull up their socks and hit the ground running.

The first such direction came in January this year when the adviser had directed MC commissioner to plan a detailed action plan for garbage collection system. Result: Nothing. Second, he directed the MC to open toilets in green belts. The civic body’s reply: “We have floated tenders. The already existing toilets remain locked.” Then, he asked the MC to look for another site for the dumping ground. The MC nonchalantly did not even bother to conduct a study.

Speaking to HT, joint commissioner, Rajiv Gupta, said, “We are studying how to improve the collection of garbage and implement the same. As far as alternative site for garbage dumping is concerned, we have not found any site.”

Chief engineer Mukesh Anand said a cemented wall was to be constructed around the dumping ground, but nothing had been done.

Executive engineer Suresh Saini said, “For opening of public toilets on green belts, we have floated tenders and hopefully, we will open them soon.” Regarding opening of block sewerage system behind the hotel lane in Sector 35-C, he said it was the duty of the hotel owners to clean them up and pollution board was to take action in case of lapses.

All efforts to contact UT adviser Vijay Dev went futile and he did not respond to text messages.

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