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MC inefficient, says London Councillor

punjab Updated: Dec 04, 2013 19:37 IST
Arjun Sharma
Arjun Sharma
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The Municipal Corporation of the city has attracted criticism from a councillor of London, Amritpal Singh Mann, who says that very few services are provided to the general public of the city and it seems that no one is interested to take measures to improve the system.

Amritpal Singh Mann, who is a councillor of London Borough (Labour party) from ward Heston East is an NRI and has come to the city to pay a visit to his home, says that he had not seen any change in the attitude of officials in the city.

“In London the authorities try to make things simple for the citizens. In India it is completely opposite. Paperwork and the language used in these documents is highly complicated which is a waste of time and effort” he said.

“ The MC needs to generate funds for itself so that it could at least provide basic facilities to residents of the city” he said.

Quoting example of an NRI councillor who was suspended from the party and never given a ticket to contest an election, Mann said that there was no interference of councillors. “ Councillors in Ludhiana are seen interfering in working of officials even in small matters. They do not allow officials to clear encroachments or penalize violations. This is not the case in London” he said.

“A councillor, Mohinder Pal Singh, who asked enforcement officials in London not to take action against the encroachments in the backyard of certain residents had to resign when he was found guilty. He was never given a ticket thereafter. This should be followed in Ludhiana as well” Mann said.

Mann, who was educated in UK, still visits Ludhiana every year. He says that corruption in Punjab was driving the state towards a wrong direction.

Speaking about Ludhiana city center, he said that the project was a case of political interference in development that led to the stoppage of the project.

He recalled the visit of former mayor of Ludhiana Hakam Singh Giaspura along with other councillors to London. “They had come to see as to how we work. They saw how we construct roads. However, I did not find the roads of Ludhiana that good” he said.

He advised that India should tap the experience of the West to become a developed country.