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Staff crunch: 18 months since inception, Khoda civic body only has two officials

The local body in Ghaziabad district is functioning with 112 unskilled and outsourced staff when it has a sanctioned staff strength of nearly 803 people. Just the administrator and the executive officer who have been managing all the work for the past few months.

noida Updated: Oct 09, 2017 23:27 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times
Khoda,gram panchayat,Nagar Palika
Unplanned construction, open drains and bad roads are a common sight in Khoda, which became a Nagar Palika in March, 2016. (Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

Ghaziabad: The Khoda locality, which was earlier a gram panchayat in Ghaziabad became a Nagar Palika in March 2016. But the civic body, adjacent to NH-24 and flanked by Delhi and Noida, has little to show for its work as it just has two permanent officers to supervise and execute, both.

The need becomes even more pressing as the officials, last week, floated tenders for development work amounting to nearly ₹42 crore.

The tenders are for construction of 34 tubewells, one each in 34 wards of Khoda, conversion of 1,200 existing sodium streetlights to LED lights, installation of new 5,500 LED streetlights, installation of interlocking tiles for internal roads and door-to-door collection of daily solid waste.

According to the 2011 Census, Khoda has a population of 1.9 lakh which has now increased to nearly six lakh.

Khoda’s unplanned skyline is made of illegal houses, non-concreted drains, lack of drinking water facilities leaving the population dependent on submersible pumps, bad roads, improper disposal of sewage and daily disposal of nearly 112 metric tonnes of solid waste.

Just the administrator and the executive officer who have been managing all the work for the past few months. The local body is functioning with 112 unskilled and outsourced staff, majority of whom are the sanitation staff. Officials have sent letters to fill the sanctioned staff strength of nearly 803 people.

“The sanctioned staff strength is needed to carrying out cleaning, health, clerical, tax collection, sanitary inspection and other functions; we also need staff for electricity and water provision issues. The required staff includes supervisors, clerical staff and officers,” said Amit Pal, administrator of the Khoda Nagar Palika.

“We are expecting that the work orders for the tender will be issued before the election code of conduct comes into place ahead of the local body elections (in November). The major problem in Khoda is of clean drinking water, daily disposal of solid waste and construction of drains. Once the works are over, the staff would be required for maintenance. Other nagar palikas already have sanctioned staff, but not us,” Pal said.

KK Bhadana, Khoda’s executive officer, said between the two officers, they have to attend meetings, court hearings for compliance and other routine works. “It becomes difficult to execute and finish all the work,” he said.

Khoda’s infrastructure and development has remained on the backburner for the past decade. Though the Mayawati-led state government had set aside ₹350 crore, the funds did not arrive. As a Nagar Palika, Khoda will now get funds from the state finance commission and also the 14th finance commission besides generating its own funds locally.

Khoda is also a major voters’ base for all political parties and major proportion of MP and MLA local area development funds are diverted here.

First Published: Oct 09, 2017 23:27 IST