No surprises on IMC wish list
WITH THE New Year barely hours away, the Hindustan Times contacted Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) politicians and functionaries for their wish list for 2006. The answers held few surprises.india Updated: Jan 01, 2006 14:27 IST
WITH THE New Year barely hours away, the Hindustan Times contacted Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) politicians and functionaries for their wish list for 2006. The answers held few surprises.
Most of those contacted called for top priority to be accorded to regular water supply, followed by shoring up of drainage and sewage infrastructure and sanitation. Traffic management, parking and repair and construction of roads, not necessarily in that order, were the other demands that cropped regularly during conversations.
These were some of the views expresed:
Mayor Dr Uma Shashi Sharma: We have carried out many developmental works in the last one year and this pace will not be allowed to slacken. Priority will be given to water supply, parking and traffic management. The last two would not be possible without the people’s support and I hope that we will receive their cooperation in this regard.
IMC Chairman Shankar Lalwani: This is not, strictly speaking, our New Year, which according to the Samvat calendar begins from Gudi Padva. However, in 2006, I would like to see concerted efforts for development of civic infrastructure. Special attention needs to be paid to water supply, traffic management and development of parking facilities.
Care should also be taken to ensure that development does not lead to the annihilation of open green spaces. Projects such as the 100-garden beautification programme are a step in the right direction in this regard.
Mayor-in-Council (MiC) member in-charge of PWD Lalit Porwal: I would like the accent to be on developmental work in the coming year.
However, projects should be preceded by careful homework to avoid controversies like the Rajwada episode. A cohesive plan would also prevent the sort of waste that was witnessed when recently constructed roads were rebuilt after being chosen under the Bond Road scheme.
Construction of the Karbala over bridge and the Rajmal Colony and Palasia bridges and multi-storey parking facilities, phase III of the Narmada project and development of another 100-odd gardens will be taken up on a priority basis in the coming year.
Leader of Opposition Suresh Minda: It is my fervent hope and wish that the Corporation became better-equipped in 2006. Lack of resources and machinery is
the chief reason for the IMC’s failure to carry out its brief. The accent next year should be on providing ‘bijli-sadak-paani’.
The Corporation was set up to provide basic civic amenities and this should top its list of priorities. Everything else must remain secondary. CITY ENGINEER (BUILDING PERMISSION) HARBHAJAN SINGH: We have launched a campaign against illegal structures and this will continue in 2006.
Building permission offenders were given a last chance to have their structures regularised during the recent amnesty for floor-area-ration (FAR) violators. Those who failed to do will pay the price now.