Congress counillors have again accused mayor Sunil Jyoti of “favouring a few street light contractors in slapping penalty” on them for non-functioning of lights. On the basis of finding of a survey on non-functioning street lights at some of the major streets of the city from May 28, 2014 to June 9, the Congress councillors brought to fore that more than 200 street lights were non-functional and lodged a complaint with the Municipal Corporation Jalandhar (MCJ).
Following the complaint, a special street light monitoring committee for zones 1 and 5 was formed at the Pratap Bagh zone office to look into the allegations by the opposition.
At the meeting, it was revealed that nearly 230 street lights were non-functioning in the selected eight areas coming under their zones.
MCJ opposition leader Jagdish Raj said when they formed a committee, it was imperative for them to invite him as he was the complainant.
“The committee members slapped penalty on only five contractors of some of the selected areas, while penalty on contractors of the other selected areas had been kept in ‘pending list’,” said Raj.
Interestingly, the areas where penalty has been delayed fall under north constituency MLA KD Bhandari.
Deputy opposition leader at MCJ Des Raj Jassal said, “It seems that the mayor is also involved with the erring contractors.”
Mayor Sunil Jyoti told Hindustan Times: “Officials are doing their work properly and they don’t need Jagdish Raja’s suggestions.”
“I want to make it clear to the oppposition councillors that there is no pick and choose policy and there must be some reason behind putting some contractors of some specific areas in pending list,” he said.