The Patiala Municipal Corporation, which is already facing flak for the cropping up of illegal constructions and unauthorised colonies under its jurisdiction, it appears, suffers from lack of coordination between the mayor and a senior official over plans of developing multi-level parking in the city.
The issue came to the fore when mayor Amarinder Bajaj was ignorant about the expression of interest sought by the corporation on June 25 for the construction of multi-storey parking at the AC market and Choti Baradari areas.
However, superintending engineer (SE) MM Syal had issued a notice seeking expression of interest from technical and financial bidders, for further publication in newspapers.
The civic body intended to prepare detailed project reports (DPR) of various projects including the construction of multi-level parking lot, under the Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small & Medium Towns (UIDSSMT), and sought technical and financial bids for the DPR before July 8.
The PMC also sought DPRs for widening, strengthening and restructuring of several roads under the same project.
When Bajaj was asked to about details of the project, he said that though the project had been proposed, nothing was on the cards, as yet.
But when he was acquainted with the corporation's notice calling for interested bidders, the mayor said, "It is not the right time to divulge details as there are some issues about the possession of land. No expression of interest will be sought unless and until we clarify land issues from the revenue department."
Meanwhile, the SE said that it was not the first time that they had sought bidders for the project.
"We have just revised the notice issued earlier for procuring fresh DPRs for the project. Moreover, it is a long process as we will first send these DPRs to the state government, which would then be sent to the central government for final approval," he said.
However, the SE refused to comment about the dispute over possession of land.
In a violation of norms, the civic body approved numerous multi-storey commercial buildings without due arrangements for parking which has led to parking-space crunch, a major problem in the city.
According to corporation rules, commercial buildings and complexes are compulsorily required to have adequate space for parking.