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Scanty development work in Doon gives jitters to BJP corporators

A section of BJP corporators have threatened to go on an indefinite hunger strike, if the Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC) administration did not initiate tender for civic works by June 12. The BJP dominates the DMC board, while the Congress is in the opposition in the civic body.

dehradun Updated: Jun 06, 2017 20:58 IST
Neha Pant
A defunct drain near Tibetan Market in Dehradun where the municipal corporation is with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.
A defunct drain near Tibetan Market in Dehradun where the municipal corporation is with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. (Vinay Santosh Kumar/HT )

DEHRADUN: Despite sweeping victory in the recent assembly elections, scanty development works carried out during the tenure of the BJP-led civic body board is giving jitters to the party corporators in Doon.

Local body polls are due early next year. The BJP swept nine of total 10 seats of Dehradun district in the assembly elections. Of these, at least five segments fall in the Dehradun city area and all are represented by the BJP.

A section of BJP corporators have threatened to go on an indefinite hunger strike, if the Dehradun Municipal Corporation (DMC) administration did not initiate tender for civic works by June 12. The BJP dominates the DMC board, while the Congress is in the opposition in the civic body.

Last month, Dehradun mayor Vinod Chamoli had directed the DMC administration to initiate tender for works worth Rs 25 lakh for each ward but corporators alleged it was yet to happen.

“It’s been over four years since we were elected to the civic body. However, despite all these years, not much development work took place in our wards. Last month, the mayor announced that work will be conducted in each ward but that is yet to happen,” said Neeraj Sethi, corporator of ward Niranjanpur, who has threatened to begin hunger strike from Monday. “From broken streets and damaged roads to defunct streetlights and poor garbage disposal system, we’re daily facing ire of the public. It has become impossible to answer them.”

Sethi is not alone. Most of the corporators are reeling under public anger in the absence of visible development work in their wards despite more than four years in office.

“People in my ward are asking me why there has been so scanty development work in the ward despite our MLA, the mayor and I belonging to the ruling party. Imagine the torment I undergo on a daily basis. We’ll soon approach the CM to apprise him of our grievances,” said BJP’s Bhupendra Kathait, corporator of Hathibarkala ward.

“It is not just the BJP corporators alone who are at the receiving end. Even Congress corporators are worried about lack of works, but we’re more concerned because the people have a lot of expectation from Modi ji’s party,” said a senior BJP corporator.

Chamoli, who is also the MLA from Dehradun’s Dharampur seat, said he had given instructions to the DMC administration to resolve the corporators’ woes on a priority basis and initiate works at the earliest.