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Sangat darshan: 50 plaints received

punjab Updated: Jul 16, 2014 12:05 IST
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In the first ever public meeting (sangat darshan) of municipal commissioner Pradeep Agarwal, more than 50 residents turned up to raise complaints. However, most of the complaints left dissatisfied saying they were not listened to properly. One of the complaints was so miffed with the civic body’s response that he threw papers at the commissioner.

Agarwal had taken the initiative to listen to public grievances by holding a sangat darshan.

Keemti Rawal, a resident of Chandan Nagar, said that he had come to meet the commissioner to highlight the problem of illegal digging in his area by one of the telecom companies. “The commissioner was somehow rude to me. So, I threw the papers and came out of the meeting room,” said Rawal.

Agarwal was having a word with the sub-divisional officer concerned regarding the digging, when Rawal intervened, which agitated the commissioner, who told Rawal not to speak when he was talking to the official. Hearing this, Rawal threw the papers towards the commissioner and walked out.

Several residents had come to the meeting with their problems including water issues, road, sewerage, plots and others. Most of the people were asked to come at the next sangat darshan next week.

Anil Khanna of Silver Kunj area had come with the sewerage problem in the colony he lived. He told the commissioner that though their colony was approved, but the sewerage system was blocked and no one was ready to clean it despite several complaints.

Satish Thaman, member, West Sub-Division Grievances Redressal Committee, had come with several problems but he was told by Agarwal that only individual problems should be brought to this meeting.

“The commissioner told me that he won’t take up general problems at this forum and I should come only with individual problem,” said Thaman.

Municipal commissioner Pradeep Agarwal said that more than 50 grievances came up on Tuesday and the complaints would be solved at the earliest. The main complaints were regarding drinking water and sewerage.