Cong councillors to protest kabaddi cup opening ceremony

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Dec 05, 2014 20:40 IST

The Congress councillors have decided to hold a protest against hosting of the opening ceremony of the World Cup Kabaddi in the city on Saturday.

The decision was taken on Friday during a meeting of Congress councillors at the municipal corporation complex.

District Congress president Rajinder Beri said, “The city is crying for basic civic amenities due to the dilly-dally attitude of the municipal corporation authorities. Whenever a protest is carried out by our councillors to highlight issues of broken road, missing street lights and garbage in the city, the civic body comes up with just one answer — shortage of fund.”

“However, the SAD-BJP alliance government in the state has enough funds to spend `17 crore on World Cup Kabaddi. This clearly depicts the apathy of the government towards real issues facing the common man,” he said.

The Congress councillors met to submit a written complaint against the erring officials of the civic body, who first in connivance with colonisers allow them to raise illegally constructed buildings in the city.

Jagdish Raj, leader of opposition in the MC, said, “It has become a routine for MC officials to take bribes and allow people to carry out illegal constructions. When it is brought to the notice of higher authorities, these constructions are razed.”

“We have submitted a list of illegal constructions being carried out in the city with the MC commissioner. We asked him to carry an investigation as how constructions are being carried out for a long time. The commissioner has assured us of action,” added Raj.

The Congress councillors said instead of razing the building, the MC authorities should initiate a disciplinary action against officials instead of razing the buildings.

MC commissioner Gurpreet Khehra said, “I have received the complaint by the councillors and have initiated an inquiry. I have also written a letter seeking suspension of two employees — Dinesh Joshi and Shyam Sunder — of the town and planning department and action will be taken against the building owners.”

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