The oldest councillor Rana Kashmiri Devi (73), has not been seen in Ward 14 after she was elected. Considered as one of the most neglected wards — comprising Sector 45 and Burail village – a look at the area speaks volumes on the lack of attention from the elected representative.
Such was the level of apathy that residents had to move the Punjab and Haryana high court to get a green belt in the area.
The 2013 senior deputy mayor held the position, but failed to make a mark even while holding the post and proved a major disappointment.
Her tendency not to attend office meant that a lot of the residents who turned up at the MC office had to return, feeling a sense of dejection.
ONLY BURAIL DEVELOPED, SAY RESIDENTS
She stays in Burail village and is accused of diverting the entire ward fund to the village only. Residents allege that she was seen only during elections.
Kashmiri Devi, a turncoat, contested on a Congress ticket in 2011, but joined the BJP in 2014.
Her son Vijay Rana was elected councillor from the same ward in 2001 and 2006 and had switched over to the Congress in his second term.
As the ward got reserved for women, she became the choice by default.
The ward is in utter state of neglect, evident from heaps of garbage and debri on roadsides.
Ill-maintained green belts stand out
The ill-maintained green belts and broken paver blocks trouble the residents of the ward. Residents term her tenure as a complete failure as she failed to undertake any development work.
But if you ask the 73-year-old councillor, the upgrade of the local dispensary into a 50-bedded Civil Hospital in Sector 45, Chandigarh, is her major achievement. The street-lights do not work in the area and the sewage lines are blocked in the ward.
Kashmiri Devi resides in Burail village, so her main focus has been on the village itself.
Did not raise issues in House
Kashmiri Devi has also failed to make her presence felt in MC House meetings.
“It is true that councillor of our ward is not easily approachable. Often, members of the public and unions of shopkeepers managed to meet her and requested for construction of public toilets. Some of us even offered funds but the issue wasn’t taken up,” said a resident Shishu Paul.
He went on to add that even though a perception existed that that the councillor had diverted funds that should ideally have gone to Sector 45 to Burail, nothing had been done in the village too.
Tomorrow: Ward 15 Harjinder Kaur