Fireworks likely as mayor presents budget on Monday

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Mar 29, 2015 23:43 IST

Fireworks is likely at the municipal corporation’s budget meeting on Monday, with the opposition Congress gearing up to take up the issue of prevailing insanitation condition in the city, which saw a temporary facelift to selected localities for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit here.

After the departure of the Prime Minister, MC officials seem to have gone back to their old ways, with the city yet again marred by poor sanitary condition and garbage heaps lying scattered on most of the roads.

Since the garbage lifting is not taking place for the past few days, Sunday too saw city roads mired by garbage heaps and litter.

The sanitation issue is likely to figure prominently when the MC meets for budget and at a General House meeting on Monday.

While presenting the budget, when the ruling coalition will be listing their achievements, the opposition Congress will try to corner them over poor civic conditions in the city and poor financial health of the MC.

Stating that the MC lacks funds and failed to ensure sanitary situation in the city, Congress councillor Raj Kanwal Preet Singh Lucky in a press conference said, “On Monday, the MC will be presenting its budget, which will just be a document of manipulated figures. Even as mayor Bakshi Ram Arora will present a budget of rs 364 crore for 2015-16, the city’s development depends on loans.”

“The MC plans to take a Rs 35 crore loan from the Housing and Urban Development Corporation Ltd (HUDCO) and an assistance of rs 40 crore from the Punjab government to carry on development works,” he added.

“Despite promising tall for Amritsar such as Smart City, Heritage City, the MC always struggles for funds,” he said.The Congress councillor also slammed the civic body for poor sanitation conditions.

“In routine also, Amritsar sees a lot of garbage, water-logging, sewerage and other woes. The city got a partial facelift when the PM was in the city, but what about rest of the days,” he questioned.

The Congress leader said they would definitely take up the matter of insanitation situation in the city at the meetings that start at 12 noon on Monday.

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