Final meeting of the Ghaziabad Municipal House ends in a ruckus

Councillors blame officials for laid back approach towards development works in Ghaziabad

noida Updated: Jul 10, 2017 23:29 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
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Some of the councillors also accused the state government of putting “undue” pressure on the bureaucrats and got into a verbal duel with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) councillors.(Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

During the final board meeting held under the present term of councillors on Monday, the House witnessed noisy scenes as councillors blamed the officials for lackadaisical approach towards development works in the city. Some of the councillors also accused the state government of putting “undue” pressure on the bureaucrats and got into a verbal duel with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) councillors.

A majority of councillors raised the issue that works under the quota of ₹80 lakh, which was provided to each of the 80 wards, were not carried out during their term. The quota of ₹80 lakh each was cleared in May. The councillors also raised the issue of non-provision of a solid waste management plant, which has rendered city roads and residential areas a garbage dump.

“There are overflowing drains and improper cleaning in trans-Hindon areas such as Rajendra Nagar and other localities near Delhi border. Even the amount of ₹80 lakh sanctioned to each of the 80 wards is pending and no development work has been carried out,” said Babu Singh Arya, a councillor.

Other councillors raised the issue of solid waste management plant being proposed at Galand, outside the municipal limits.

“This plant is far off and will increase the corporation’s transportation cost. The drivers will not be able to make more trips to dispose of garbage. The Municipal Solid Waste Rules also state that any solid waste disposal facility should not be outside municipal limits. We must make use of 14 acre of land at Dundahera ,which is owned by the corporation near NH-24,” said Rajendra Tyagi, another councillor.

The councillors also demanded rooms for senior citizens in parks, provision of ‘Monkey Park’ near river Hindon to prevent monkey bite cases and immediate disposal of a previous proposal of construction of open gyms in parks.

Mayor Ashu Verma who heads the corporation board, said that councillors’ request for ₹80 lakh each, will be expedited.

“Each of the councillors should hand over a list of development works in his area and list them on a priority basis. Since the term is going to end soon, they should list all work over ₹40 lakh. The rest will be the prerogative of new councillors,” Verma added.

Municipal commissioner CP Singh said the provision of rooms for senior citizens in parks will be expedited and a room each will be made available to men and women.

“We will also expedite the changeover of sodium lights to LED lights. So far, the agency is able to change nearly 5,000 out of estimated 58,000 street lights. Provision of open gyms will also be expedited. The detailed project report for the monkey park will be prepared soon,” Singh added.

He said that biometric attendance for employees of corporation will be started within a couple of days in all five zones and the headquarters too.

We will have to make a separate provision for recording the attendance of contractual employees, he added.

First Published: Jul 10, 2017 23:28 IST