MC bending over backwards to help land mafia: Jassi
For profit in the personal business of real estate, Akali leaders in the city misused their authority in the muncipal corporation, state Congress general secretary Harminder Singh Jassi has alleged.punjab Updated: Jul 11, 2012 14:22 IST
For profit in the personal business of real estate, Akali leaders in the city misused their authority in the muncipal corporation, state Congress general secretary Harminder Singh Jassi has alleged.
A House resolution on Tuesday extended the city's municipal limits, and mayor Baljit Singh Birbheman and local legislator Saroop Chand Singla attended that meeting. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), which rules the state and the civic body here, has a vested interest in taking the decision, Jassi, who is also previous legislator of Bathinda, has claimed.
"Some top leaders of the SAD bought property around Bathinda way in advance. Now they have extended the city's municipal limits to these areas," stated Jassi. "It will increase the value of their assets manifold."
The MC, which has failed to lay basic amenities in the city in the past four years, had no reason to increase the load on its resources by pushing its limits, said the former member of the legislative assembly (MLA), adding that the limit had been stretched only to favour the SAD.
"Everyone in the city knows which MLAs will gain with the extension of the MC limits to Bibi Wala village."
In the past, the MC had extended it limits under the proposal of international cricket stadium. "The stadium was a pretext," said the Jassi. "After leaders had sold off their land for inflated prices, they killed the proposal. The land mafia made money and common buyers were ruined."
"Days ago, the MC cleared a 30-year-old slum on the Goniana road by force only to help the land mafia," said the former legislator of Bathinda.