Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria was left helpless when almost all officials left the municipal corporation's House meeting after lunch on Monday.
With even MC commissioner Shruti Singh leaving the venue, the mayor was bombarded with questions by councillors that he had to tend to all by himself.
The House meeting that started around 11.30am did not have many councillors present. Those present were registering their complaints with the mayor who was asking the officials present on the spot to look into the problems of councillors.
However, soon after lunch when councillor Daljit Singh Grewal Bhola told the mayor regarding the problem of sewage spilling on the street in his ward, there was no official to register his complaint, leaving embarrassed Gohalwaria. The mayor was left dumbstruck as he had no answer to the queries of the councillor.
He, however, later asked some officials present to call back others immediately. The MC commissioner and some others senior officials returned.
Bhola said the MC officials do not take things seriously. Bhola told the mayor that all this made clear as to why the city residents were always making a hue and cry and alleging that no work was completed in time.
“Even the top MC officials do not take the mayor seriously, as a result they deserted the room soon after lunch even though the meeting was still not over,” said Bhola.
Other councillors also joined Bhola and accused the mayor of being inefficient. They said the mayor could only note down the problems of councillors during such House meetings, but cannot take action against non-serious officials.
This was for the first time that the mayor was seen helpless and could not reply to the queries.
Bhola said all wards of Ludhiana were infested with non-potable water, but the MC was not doing anything. He also said the sewerage treatment plant at Jamalpur was not able to treat substantial quantity of water from at least eight wards, causing problems for the residents.
Councillor Randhir Singh Sibia also joined Bhola and accused the mayor of not being able to take care of issues of city residents.
The mayor tried to pacify the councillors that he had noted down their points and would forward them to the officials concerned so that action could be taken regarding the matter. But the councillors continued and said if the officials do not listen to the mayor when he was in the House, how would they adhere to his orders?