Unfulfilled promises

WITH A mere four days to go for the budget, the Indore Municipal Corporation is yet to deliver on at least half-a-dozen promises made at the beginning of last fiscal.

india Updated: May 02, 2006 22:34 IST

WITH A mere four days to go for the budget, the Indore Municipal Corporation is yet to deliver on at least half-a-dozen promises made at the beginning of last fiscal.

At least two of these - installation of touch screens and organising an annual trade fair - have been bandied about for several years. Come budget time and the proposals are dressed up and presented to the public only to be placed on the backburner once the fiscal document is cleared.

Take the installation of touch screens. First mooted during Kailash Vijayvargiya’s tenure as Mayor the proposal called for screens to be installed at main roads and busy intersections.

Although the exact details were never made public the general impression was that the display units would make available information pertaining to an individual’s property and water tax dues at easily accessible places. Thus, obviating the need for residents to travel to zone or ward offices.

The touch screen proposal was reiterated by present Mayor Dr Uma Shashi Sharma during her inaugural budget on April 22 last year, but nothing has come out of it so far.

Almost as old is the Corporation’s promise to organise a trade fair -along the lines of the hugely successful mela in Gwalior - a proposal that has been hanging fire for nearly three years.

Of similar provenance is the Mayor’s Helpline - a proposal that vaguely hinted at making the civic chief available to her constituents over the phone for a specified period per day.

This, along with a move to upgrade the call centre, was touted as a method to make the Mayor and other elected representatives more accessible to the public. Little, however, has happened on the upgradation front unless one counts the single telephone line assigned to the Centre.

That, too, of a phone already doing duty in the Mayor’s Secretariat!
Levying penalties on polluting vehicles, single window approval for layout plans within 24 hours and establishment of working women’s hostels are among the other proposals that have been hanging fire for over 2 years.

First Published: May 02, 2006 22:34 IST