Councillor’s report card: Far too many promises by Des Raj Gupta, most unkept
Bad roads, ill-maintained green belts and parks, poor sanitation and erratic water supply - BJP councillor Des Raj Gupta has failed to solve all of these problems and more, in his ward, for which he made numerous promises during the municipal corporation elections in 2011.punjab Updated: Nov 01, 2016 16:05 IST
Bad roads, ill-maintained green belts and parks, poor sanitation and erratic water supply - BJP councillor Des Raj Gupta has failed to solve all of these problems and more, in his ward, for which he made numerous promises during the municipal corporation elections in 2011.
Despite these complaints from residents of ward 26, Gupta claims that he has fulfilled all his promises in his tenure that also includes the Pucca Nullah in Indira Colony, a sports complex and government school in Pocket No 8, and the upgraded building of the primary school in Indira Colony.
Plagued by problems
The residents, however, allege that he was not accessible most of the time. The work on the 100-feet-wide road from Subhash Nagar to Mansa Devi was also not completed. Besides, the residents also complained of low water pressure in the ward, which is one of the major problems in the area.
Also, during elections, he promised to construct a big community centre or marriage palace in the area but nothing was done on that count. Gupta says he tried his best to start the project but it could not take off due to administrative glitches. Add to these, even the streetlights in the ward are non-functional streetlights and parking is also a major problem.
Gupta was not as vocal in the House and failed to convince officers.
Chaotic and unclean
One of the biggest in the region, the Manimajra motor market looks more like a large-scale dumpyard with garbage heaps that have remained there for months. It doesn’t paint a pretty picture when you add construction debris and stinking urinals to it.
Established in 1978, the motor market has over 500 shops. Apart from that, there are about 500 more mechanics who are operating illegally outside these shops. Illegality aside, there are two dustbins to serve this market and MC workers sweep the place once in a fortnight.
Even the sparse green patches in the dusty market have been encroached on by mechanics. Couple this with the fact that abandoned vehicles are parked all over the place and you get a market that has almost no space for commuters to wade through.
In 1996, despite Gupta being two-time BJP district president, he was denied the ticket for the MC elections and contested as an independent candidate against BJP only to lose from ward 20 (which is now ward 26).
He joined the Bharatiya Janshakti Party, formed by Union minister Uma Bharti, as the state head in 2006. But he lost the MC elections to BJP’s Gurcharan Das Kala. Later, before the elections in 2011, city BJP chief Sanjay Tandon brought him back to the BJP and he successfully contested the elections from ward 26.
Sources say he is considered to be close to Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher. But even so, prime minister Narendra Modi took a jibe at Gupta in 2013 when he was attending the ‘Vibrant Gujarat’ function. Then chief minister, Modi who recognised Gupta, asked him, “Are you still with BJP?”
In February, Gupta lashed out at mayor Arun Sood during the House meeting for not including his agenda.
He had said, “First it was the Congress that never tabled my agenda. We had high hopes from you but you are going the same way.” Replying, Sood had said, “There are ways to place the agenda and it is not that you bring something on the paper and ask us to table it.”