Facing criticism for poor civic amenities and lack of development across the city, the beleaguered Patiala municipal corporation once again has 'tricked' locals by passing Rs 10 crore as estimated cost for several development works to be carried out in near future in different wards.
Interestingly, contrary to it, the MC only managed to give nod to work orders of Rs 1 crore during the finance and control committee meeting on Monday in order to carry out renovation and construction of roads, repair of sewerage and drainage system and to restore streetlights in different wards, which got damaged during the rainy season.
Not only this, development estimate of around Rs 12 crore sent to the state government few months ago are yet to see the light of the day. The estimates were already pending with technical adviser to the chief minister for the past several months.
With the delay in the final nod, development works in the city had completely come to a halt. A senior MC official, seeking anonymity, said work orders released by the civic body authorities will not serve the purpose as different projects need facelift immediately.
"Though passing estimates first and sending the same to the state government was part of mandatory procedure, what about immediate pending works, which had become eyesores for the locals, especially the poor condition of roads?" said an official.
The official added that, "Sending estimates to the state government was easy, but fetching funds from the state government will remain a herculean task for the authorities."
One of the senior councillors said the authorities should concentrate on realising more work orders to carry on development works rather than doing paper work for preparing and finalising cost estimates.
"We face the heat from locals as being unaware about the procedure, the latter only want pending works completed," the councillor said.
Mayor Amarinder Bajaj said they had already floated tenders worth Rs 8.5 crore, work orders for which will be released in coming days.
"After the end of the monsoon season, the development will now be the key agenda. Best efforts will be made to fetch maximum funds against estimated cost sent to the state government," the mayor said.