The finance and contract committee (F&CC) of Municipal Corporation Jalandhar (MCJ) cleared developmental works worth Rs 25 crore amid heated arguments among members on Friday.
Out of 139 agendas, three works were announced pending for the next meet while one got cancelled. Development works that got clearance include maintenance cost of sewage treatment plans (STP), tube-wells and work of installing GPS devices.
The members also suggested purchasing of 40 cleanliness machineries at lower prices that MCJ had taken on rent from Jindal Urban Waste Management Jalandhar Limited.
The meeting that lasted for three and a half hours witnessed customary arguments between mayor Sunil Jyoti and senior deputy Mayor Kamaljit Singh Bhatia.
Three of the members; Kamajit Singh Bhatia, Ravi Mahendru didn’t give their confirmation for attending the meeting till Thursday.
All the members were present in the meeting expect Bhagat Prabhakar.
Kamajit Singh Bhatia and Ravi Mahendru had condemned Sunil Jyoti for organising meeting without discussing with the members.
“I had to go out of station to attend a private event, just for the sake of city as several development works are pending, I came for the meeting,” said Kamaljit Singh Bhatia.
In the meeting, Bhatia asked for the details about the controversial sweeping machine project that got staled last week.
He has reportedly asked about the details of the road, route, GPS device that will be fitted in machine.
In addition to this, the members also demanded that status of the work of the work of sweeping machines be routinely discussed.
Meanwhile, the mayor termed the meeting as a ‘successful event’ since the MCJ cleared many pending development works without witnessing any walkouts.
When inquired about protest on sweeping machine project, the mayor said that since the matter is sub-judice, there is no point of discussing the matter and that they will give information regarding all the details that have been asked by F&CC members.
Jyoti further informed that first general House meeting for this financial year is scheduled for November 26.