Cong councillors protest ‘bias’ in development of their wards

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bathinda
  • Updated: Mar 27, 2016 11:55 IST
Congress councillors burning an effigy of municipal commissioner Anil Garg in Bathinda on Saturday. (HT Photo)

Congress councillors held a protest against the alleged bias in executing the development projects in their wards and burnt an effigies of mayor Balwant Rai Nath and commissioner of the municipal corporation Anil Garg here on Saturday.

The councillors, accompanied by local leaders of their party, raised slogans against the

civic body authorities for ignoring their wards in terms of development. The councillors threatened to lock doors of the corporation premises if it failed to start stalled development works within 15 days.

Malkeet Singh, councillor from ward number 2, said that despite repeated representations, the civic body continued to turn a blind eye towards genuine demands of his ward.

“The corporation claimed to have spent crores on development last year, but not even a single penny was spent on the wards represented by Congress councillors,” alleged Singh.

The councillors complained about poor roads, sewerage system, lack of cleanliness and non-maintenance of parks in their wards.

Singh added that the main road passing through his ward was in a dilapidated condition, posing a danger to lives of the people.

“The construction of a 1.5-km long stretch of a road in his ward has been delayed as the civic body has failed to lay a sewerage pipeline. The condition of the stretch has worsened after rain,” he added.

Ram Das, another councillor from ward number 30, said the situation was no better in his ward as people often came up with complaints of poor hygienic facilities in the area.

Mayor Balwant Rai Nath said development works were being carried in each and every ward without bias. “We had demanded a list of pending works from all councillors and have already started carrying out work accordingly. However, demands of councillors will be taken into consideration,” Nath said.

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