Councillors raise issues of garbage, encroachments, corruption

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ambala
  • Updated: Dec 19, 2014 19:45 IST

During the meeting of councillors with the mayor and municipal corporation (MC) commissioner at the MC's committee hall, the members pointed out several 'irregularities' including the 'deteriorating' sanitary conditions in the city as well as Cantt area, on Friday.

Ward number 1 councillor Sonia demanded the resignation of mayor Ramesh Mal for the "department's failure to get heaps of garbage cleared from several points of the city." Ramesh, however, asserted that he was doing his job with sincerity. He also dared Sonia to move no confidence motion against him.

Dalip Chawla Bittu, councillor of ward number 11, alleged that illegal constructions and encroachments were taking place "in connivance with MC officials." He said several buildings had come up without sanctioned plans.
Councillors Surinder Daboo, Lalita Parshad, Parminder Pari and Sudhir Jaiswal alleged that illegal constructions were rampant in the cantonment area and the sanitary situation was alarming, adding the drains had not been desilted for years.

Councillor Daljit Singh Bhatia raised the issue of purchase of 2,000 street lights at "double the market rates." He pointed out other issues as well.

MC Commissioner Mandip Singh Brar assured the members that the allegations of corruption would be inquired. He said a comprehensive plan was afoot for cleaning the drains and the roads.

He informed that 64 locations had been identified in Sadar area for the installation of CCTV cameras.

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