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Old building of civic body cries for repair

Parampreet Singh Narula , Hindustan Times   Jalandhar, March 20, 2014
First Published: 10:28 IST(20/3/2014) | Last Updated: 10:28 IST(20/3/2014)

The old building of the municipal corporation where futuristic plans for the city is made, is in a shambles with bundles of files lying unattended for the past six years.

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The building, which is being now used by the assistant town planners (ATPs) and building inspectors and where public comes for the regularisation of their plots and buildings or to get sanctioned building plans and drawings, nowhere looks like a public office but gives a look of a century-old storeroom.

The building has 20 rooms of which only five are in an average to good condition and have been acquired by ATPs. All other rooms are lying vacant and one room is being used to keep stationery of the municipal corporation.

The building where more than 500 people visit daily doesn’t have a bathroom and arrangement for water. The staff have to go to new building to relieve themselves.

“We have to hire sweepers on our own every week. Many a time, we have taken up this issue with our seniors but to no avail,” said an ATP.

Sources said this building has been declared unsafe and higher authorities have ordered renovation, but the work has not started yet. The department also faces staff shortage as of the eight posts for ATPs only five are filled. Out of 20 sanctioned posts of building inspectors, only 11 are filled at present.

Ram Pal, a junior engineer in the building and roads department of the civic body, said, “As the plan to demolish the building has been shelved, we will now send a proposal for its renovation,” he said. Kulvinder Singh, a superintending engineer, said, “The old MC building will be renovated as soon as we get funds.”

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