Heated arguments over the road re-carpeting issue were witnessed at the eighth House meeting of the Panchkula municipal corporation (MC) on Wednesday.
The meeting was held after a gap of three months at Red Bishop in Sector 1.
With the onset of winters, roads’ re-carpeting can’t be carried out till March so the councillors raised concern over the fixation of responsibility over the works related to construction and maintenance of roads.
Councillor Ravi Kant Swami said this issue has been hanging fire for over a year and no constructive solution had been implemented.
Others including Lily Bawa, Seema Devi and Satinder Singh Tony voiced their disappointment over engineers “not doing their work properly”. Arguments took place over the collection of samples for road re-carpeting.
Claiming that the process of patchwork was slow, Lily Bawa urged the authorities to speed up the process. At this point, MC commissioner Jagdeep Dhanda accepted that the MC’s productivity had reduced in the past six months and urged the members to maintain decorum.
“I admit the MC’s output has gone down in the past six months but screaming and using abusive language is not the solution. We can only work towards improving the situation,” Dhanda said.
It is worth mentioning here that a vigilance inquiry into road construction works is already on in Panchkula. Mayor Upinder Kaur Ahluwalia and the MC commissioner assured the House that the number of labourers deployed for maintenance and recarpeting of roads would be doubled and the work would be undertaken in double shifts.
The House discussed the purchase of movable dustbins on the lines of SAS Nagar MC and construction of platforms where dustbins are already kept. Citing the shortage of sanitation workers, the MC commissioner said cleanliness could be properly maintained only if more ‘safai karamcharis’ were outsourced.
The House also voted in favour of withdrawing three sanitation workers from each ward so as to attend to the neglected colonies in the district.
Bus queue shelters
Though MC had framed an advertising policy in 2008 according to which the contractor would have to maintain the bus queue shelters, the maintenance has suffered over the last few years due to litigation filed by the contractors over this issue. The MC commissioner said it would take another two years to implement the policy and the civic body would submit a proposal to the central government within one month for the expression of interest.
Maintenance of parks
The House decided that the amount charged for holding functions in parks would be calculated on the basis of per square metre area instead of Rs 7,005 charged earlier. A security amount of Rs 5,000 (refundable) will also be charged. Besides, the approval of the president of the concerned park society will also be necessary to hold the function. The colour scheme of parks, however, would remain the same.
The construction of four boundary walls, water facilities for cremation ground, development of unattended areas, installing street lights, maintenance of ponds were some of the other issues that were discussed during the meeting.
The proposal for renaming certain chowks was also discussed. With the consent of mayor, the MC commissioner decided that a committee comprising eight members, including himself, would look into the same.