New MC commissioner Shruti Singh takes charge
The first woman commissioner of Ludhiana municipal corporation, Shruti Singh, took over the reins of the civic body on Tuesday, and held discussions with the top brass regarding various issues.
Interacting with the media, Singh said although she was not aware about the projects and other issues about Ludhiana, her priority would be to ensure basic amenities for city residents.
“I will study the issues and projects going on in the city soon, so that I can start delivering my responsibilities as soon as possible. But the main focus would be to provide better basic amenities to residents,” Singh said.
A 2004-batch IAS officer, Singh has replaced Rahul Tewari, who has been posted as special principal secretary to Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal.
Singh would also be the chairman of Ludhiana Improvement Trust (LIT) and chief administrator of Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority. She joined these offices as well on Tuesday.
There are several pending projects that the new commissioner would have to finish. Besides, menace of illegal buildings, recovery of property tax and pending house tax would be a hard task.
Singh, who is the wife of Ludhiana Rural senior superintendent of police (SSP) Ashish Chaudhary, was last posted as special secretary finance, health and family welfare, besides director lotteries.