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MC acts, but only on HC orders

punjab Updated: May 12, 2013 23:51 IST
Arjun Sharma

It seems that the municipal corporation (MC) of Ludhiana works only on the orders of the Punjab and Harayana high court.

The MC has initiated two important drives, which were actually its prerogative, on the orders of the high court. The two drives were against parking in service lanes along the Ferozepur road and removal of encroachments which has been started throughout the city.

Both issues were taken up in the high court through public interest litigation (PIL) which forced the MC to start two different drives.
However, this has raised questions on the working of the MC which seems to be defunct in the absence of the high court. Both issues -demolition and parking - should have been taken up by the MC itself according to the law.

However, the failure of the MC has exposed chinks in its functioning. The civic body lacks the will and desire to act in favour of city residents, and as a result, the high court has to step in again and again.

The MC started demolition drives throughout the city when encroachments became rampant and residents were forced to move high court to put a check on the menace. The high court directed the MC that all areas infested with encroachments should be cleared as soon as possible, which forced the MC to prepare a master plan.

Though the MC initiated demolition drives in the city, most of them failed owing to stiff resistance from residents and shopkeepers.
A recent demolition drive at the Barewal area was postponed because officials of the building branch were busy inspecting commercial establishments on the Ferozepur road which do not have parking arrangements.

On the other hand, the MC sealed several commercial establishments in order to keep a check on the menace of parking in service lanes on the Ferozepur road. Many big establishments, including a banquet hall of Park Plaza hotel which is owned by a former Congress MLA sealed.

The officials also sealed the workshop of a sweets shop, Khushi Ram and Sons, on the same road because it lacked proper parking arrangement. Several other establishments which were flouting norms were also sealed during the past one week.

Resident speak

Manish Sharma, a student of Punjab Agricultural University, said action against illegal parking in service lanes was taken only when the court directed the MC to do so. It could be called the failure of the MC which did not take action against illegal activities on their own and had to wait for HC order."

Official speak

Municipal town planner (MTP) Raj Kumar said due to unavailability of staff these steps could not be taken earlier. After residents approached the high court and we got directions, we took action. Earlier, no action was taken before the HC directions because of non-availability of staff which could look into these discrepancies.

It seems that the municipal corporation (MC) of Ludhiana works only on the orders of the Punjab and Harayana high court.