Even as the term of the existing Ludhiana municipal corporation House came to an end on Thursday, authorities failed to notify the date of oath-taking by newly elected councillors. Local residents fear that developmental works would come to a standstill in the city as a result.
The residents pointed out that no funds could be earmarked for various projects due to non-existent new House. This also means that a meeting of new councillors could not be held.
The situation would particularly become problematic in areas where such developmental activities were on and required more funds to be released immediately.
MC Commissioner RK Verma would act as the administrator of the local body till the oath-taking ceremony.
It was learnt that no new MC member had received an invite from the office of Patiala divisional commissioner regarding the oath till date.
New councillors admitted that the delay in the constitution of the new House was resulting in delay in the release of funds. Most members rued that developmental works in their respective wards would come to a standstill if the date of oath-taking function was not fixed soon.
Ludhiana MC poll was held on June 10, in which the SAD-BJP alliance retained power. Though the results were declared the same day, no decision has been taken on the issue of administration of oath to the newly elected councillors.
According to reports, oath ceremony might be held on September 15, which would have to be notified three days earlier.
"We have not received any official communication from the state government about the date of oath ceremony. Once oath is administered to the new members, House meetings can be held and funds released," Gurpreet Goggi, who has been reelected from ward number 63, said.
A newly elected councilor, who did not wish to be named, said that there was lot of excitement among those elected for the first time. "But the excitement has started to die as nearly three months have passed since we won. Even now we do not know when oath-taking ceremony will be held," he griped.