With a majority of senior party leaders of both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) busy in the Delhi elections till December 4, the deadlock prevailing between the mayor and senior deputy mayor has deepened, casting a shadow on development works.
SAD senior deputy mayor Kamaljeet Singh Bhatia is at loggerheads with BJP mayor Sunil Jyoti and had boycotted all proceedings of the municipal corporation.
Earlier, Bhatia had sent a letter to civic body commissioner MS Chattwal highlighting the irregularities in different departments of the MC and 'non-cooperative' attitude of the mayor.
SAD leader Pargat Singh through a press release issued recently stated that the matter had been brought to the notice of deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal.
"The deputy CM will take up the matter with the alliance partner after December 4 as he is busy in the Delhi polls," said Pargat.
"A majority of development works have been stalled halt as no house meetings of the finance and contracts committee are being held. As long as the issue is not resolved, development works cannot be started," said an MC official on the condition of anonymity.
Bhatia, through his letter, had raised the issue of mushrooming of illegal constructions in the city following which, MC officials carried out a survey of all such buildings in the city.
"Once the elections are over, the list will be put before the deputy chief minister for initiating necessary proceedings against the defaulters," he added.
Ever since the office of senior deputy mayor was 'vandalised' by sweepers, he had not visited the MC office. Besides this, the mayor is also away due to personal commitments.
The list of pending works which could not be carried out due to lack of mandatory resolutions include formation of new management committee to look after cowsheds despite directions of the Punjab and Haryana high court, work on several roads, solid waste management project, hiring a new contractor for maintenance of non-functioning traffic lights.
Meanwhile, mayor Sunil Jyoti said, "We had asked all councillors to submit a list of development works to be initiated on priority basis in their areas but we've not received the same. Once we get it, we will call a meeting of the finance and contracts committee."