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Will work for a clean, green and developed city: Sanyukta Bhatia

Sanyukta Bhatia says she will talk to CM and urban development minister to discuss steps required for making LMC self reliant.

lucknow Updated: Dec 13, 2017 15:30 IST
Anupam Srivastava
Anupam Srivastava
Hindustan Times,Lucknow
Sanyukta Bhatia,First woman mayor,Lucknow
History was created after Sanyukta Bhatia took oath as the first woman mayor of Lucknow.(HT Photo)

History was created after Sanyukta Bhatia took oath as the first woman mayor of Lucknow on Tuesday. She was administered the oath of office and secrecy by divisional commissioner Anil Garg at Bhimrao Ambedkar auditorium.

Former mayor and deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma, who was supposed to be the chief guest for the programme, was not able to make it to Lucknow from a programme in Moradabad.

In his absence, urban development minister Suresh Khanna was the chief guest. Also present on the dais were minister in state cabinet Rita Bahuguna Joshi along with all party MLAs of the city.

“I must congratulate all the women candidates who contested for the post of mayor. I have called all of them here and I can assure them that we will all work as a team for the development of the city,” said Sanyukta Bhatia while addressing the gathering after taking oath.

In her address, Bhatia said she would work for a clean, green and developed Lucknow.

The new mayor said she would talk to chief minister Yogi Adityanath and urban development minister Suresh Khanna for increasing the aid under finance commission and discuss steps required for making the municipal corporation self reliant.

She said for generating more finances and becoming self-reliant, the municipal corporation would require more teeth and the power would come from the implementation of 74th amendment.

After the ceremony, Sanyukta Bhatia went to Kanha Upvan to see stray animals in the animal shelter home and from there she went to Hanuman Setu temple. In between, she stopped at the LMC office for a brief period and signed some papers in the presence of municipal commissioner.

Meera Vardhan Talwar (SP) who was also present on the occasion, congratulated Sanyukta Bhatia and promised all support for the development of the city. “We have contested elections on several issues and if BJP deviates from those, I will be raising them at public platform. I will also keep on reminding the mayor about the civic issues coming to my knowledge and will extend full support to her,” she said.

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Speaking on the occasion, urban development minister Suresh Khanna promised to think over the implementation of 74th amendment in the state. He said he would consult all mayors of UP and after taking their views, the proposal would be forwarded to the chief minister. He said the BJP issued a Sankalp Patra for its implementation.

The minister said he would constitute a committee, which will review the work of municipal corporation every 15 days and keep strict watch on the progress of work related to sanitation, roads, streetlights, drains, nullahs, sewer and water supply.

Khanna said he wanted to see Lucknow in the top three cleanest cities of India and for that a lot had to be done. He would sit with the mayor and corporators to chalk out a strategy for keeping the city clean.

First Published: Dec 13, 2017 15:30 IST