The Patiala Municipal Corporation has not organised a general house meeting for the past two months, leaving a question mark on the intentions of civic body authorities to carry out development and to improve civic amenities.
Since Amarinder Bajaj took over as mayor in April, the MC House under his chairmanship has met only once. The last meeting of the House was held on June 10.
As per norms of Punjab Municipal Corporation Act 1976, it is mandatory for the civic authorities to conduct one meeting every month.
The general house meeting is the only platform for the councillors to take up developmental issues and problems of their areas before the authorities in order to get fund clearance.
Demanding anonymity, a senior councillor of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) said the development of the city had come to a halt due to ignorance and poor working of senior authorities of the civic body. "The speed of development can be gauged from the fact that only one general house meeting took place in the past five months," he said.
"Several councillors had raised questions on the working of mayor during the district planning board meeting as their demands were not fulfilled," he added.
The councillors had also met MC commissioner Parminder Singh Gill, who had joined last month, pressing him to hold the meeting at the earliest.
However, mayor Amarinder Bajaj said only his opponents had problem with not organising meeting regularly. "There is no compulsion to organise the meeting monthly. We are already deciding the date of the meeting next week," Bajaj said.
Meanwhile, MC commissioner PS Gill said though he had joined recently but he was aware of delay in the House meeting. "I will assure that meetings are held monthly as they are important to start development works," he said.