MC holds House meet after 10 months, councillors oppose new tax

  • Harshraj Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Dec 21, 2014 10:22 IST

The Congress, BJP and Independent councillors spoke on various grievances as they cornered the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) councillors during the much-awaited MC House meeting held after around 10 months at Zone A here on Saturday.

The Congress councillors were seen supporting issues raised by the BJP councillors and demanded inquiry.
Acting on the demand of BJP, deputy mayor RD Sharma demanded voting to elect two FCC members (councillors), while the SAD wanted that the mayor should nominate the members. BJP councillors said the power should not be given to mayor Gohalwaria, a SAD councillor.

Councillors belonging to MLA Simarjit Singh Bains opposed new taxes and increase in licence fee and fines. Besides, few councillors were also giving unlawful suggestions to the House but they were rejected.

A revised detailed project report was proposed in front of the House on Saturday. During the zero hour, only a few councillors were left in the House and raised issues of their respective wards.

Majority of the councillors from all parties opposed proposed new taxes, including beautification tax on hotels and streetlight tax on residents. Apart from beautification and streetlight tax, the proposal to levy external development charges (EDC), change of land use (CLU), urban development cess and permission fees (PF) as per the redefined potential zones by the state government was also dropped.

House rejects increase in licencing fee for rickshaws, carts

After facing stiff opposition from the councillors of all parties, the proposal to increase vehicle licencing fee from Rs 50 to Rs 500 for rickshaws, carts, etc, was rejected.

The councillors also opposed to give land on lease to Kundan Vidya Mandir (KVM) and Master Tara Singh College adjoining MC Zone A building and KVM School. The councillors were not in favour of giving land to KVM School and they opposed proposal to renew lease on old rates of 1973. It was decided that KVM would have to pay market price rates and proposal would be made again.

Passes detailed project report for Bus Rapid Transit System

The House has passed the revised detailed project report (DPR) for Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) as the Jagroan Bridge will be improved under the new proposal. The cost of the project, which was Rs 1,250 crore earlier, has now been increased to rs 14.93 crore. MC House has also passed proposal to transfer 4.72-acre land on Hambran road to Punjab Bus Metro Society for BRTS.

No room for Madan Lal Bagga

The House on Saturday dropped the proposal to provide a room to Madan Lal Bagga, vice-chairman of the Punjab Traders Board. Under the proposed agenda, a room was demanded for Bagga but the House rejected the proposal after receiving stiff opposition from several councillors.

Kin of sewer men who died after 1983 to get Rs 10 lakh

The House announced that families of sewer men who died in manholes after 1983 would get RS 10 lakh compensation. According to additional commissioner Ghanshyam Thori, nine sewer men had died while working after 1983 while the MC had given Rs 2 lakh to each victims' family. He said the MC would pay the remaining Rs 72 lakh to the families of deceased soon.

A proposal to construct new MC House with advanced technology was submitted before the meeting on Saturday. GLADA has offered land for construction of MC house which will be equipped with advance technology.

Now, 8 hours water supply in a day

It was decided in the meeting that residents would now get eight hours water supply in a day. Earlier, the residents were getting six hours water supply.

When the House meeting was being conducted, the members of Shiv Sena staged a protest against the proposed new taxes outside MC's Zone A office.

The hoarding on traffic sensitive zones will be removed as MC commissioner Pradeep Kumar Agarwal informed the House after questions being raised by some councillors that why no action was being taken on the hoardings facing roads at Bus stand.

Amusement activities in 10 selected parks on public-private partnership.

A committee will be formed to look into the matter of allotting land to Muslim community for graveyard.

Renovation of rooftop restaurant, shops at multi-level parking at MC Zone A for Rs 8 crore.

Nod for regularisation of illegal water and sewerage connections by paying fee of one year only

Mayor has directed to form a disciplinary committee which will inquire if three or more complaints are received against an official by any councillor.

Giaspura accuses MC officials of demolishing buildings without probe

SAD councillor Hakam Singh Giaspura on Saturday accused the MC officials of demolishing some buildings without conducting any inquiry during the demolition drives held in Giaspura and other areas. He alleged that assistant town planner Banke Bihari, who was arrested while taking bribe, and former ATP Nirmaljeet took bribe to spare some homes but they ordered to demolish the homes of those people who did not pay bribe. Mayor Harchran Singh Gohalwaria said if any official was found guilty he would be punished.

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