No respite from property tax, paid parking in Mohali
There’s no respite in sight from paid parking and property tax for the residents of SAS Nagar as the municipal corporation (MC) has failed to constitute committees to review the paid parking system and property tax.punjab Updated: Dec 11, 2015 10:35 IST
There’s no respite in sight from paid parking and property tax for the residents of SAS Nagar as the municipal corporation (MC) has failed to constitute committees to review the paid parking system and property tax.
Though paid parking and the property tax were not a part of the agenda, it dominated the second House meeting organised on Thursday as the councilors from the opposition sought status of the committees.
The formation of the committees was promised in the first House meeting held in September. The issue had also dominated the MC elections.
In an attempt to corner mayor Kulwant Singh on the issue, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) councillor Sukhdev Patwari said, “Residents are being unnecessarily burdened by the property tax and paid parking. House had resolved to constitute committees to review the issues which were also the election agenda but nothing has been done. Was it a political gimmick to raise the issue of paid parking and property tax?”
Another councillor, Gurmukh Walia said, “We understand that nothing can be done on property tax no matter how much the House deliberates but paid parking is in the hands of the MC. Why is paid parking not being done away with that was one of the promises made during the MC elections.”
Justifying his stand, mayor Kulwant Singh said the code of conduct was in place owing to by-elections for ward number 29 in SAS Nagar so the issue of paid parking was not included in the agenda of the House meeting. We will include it in the next meeting, he said.
“I had meetings with various market associations who are in favour of paid parking but with a few changes that will be placed before the House in the next meeting for deliberations. Let’s not take any decision in a hurry,” he added.
The councillors have opposed the MC’s move to get a survey from PEC done on water-logging problems in SAS Nagar as this would cost the exchequer Rs 15 lakh. The councillors say that the suggestions by IIT Mumbai on the same issue are still awaiting implementation since 2012.
Sidelights of House meet
* Mayor Kulwant Singh urged woman councillors to actively participate in the House meeting. “Instead of silently observing the proceedings, I request you all for active participation. You can play a proactive and effective role in cleanliness drive,” he said.
* Councillor Kuljeet Singh Bedi urged the House to remove security gates installed in various parts of SAS Nagar. He sought also urged the house to pass a resolution and send the same to GMDA to review need based policy and constitute a committee for the same which should include elected members of the MC.
* Councillor Jaspal Kaur urged the mayor to hold House meeting every month to ensure development works in the city. While she was speaking in English, deputy mayor urged her to speak in Punjabi to which she politely replied, “I know Punjabi” and carried on to put her point of view in English.
* Councillor Jasbir Kaur Atli sought implementation of dog bylaws which have been pending with the Punjab government for more than three years now making registration of pet dogs mandatory.
* Councilor Paramjeet Kaur Gill urged the House to undertake renovation of the cremation grounds in SAS Nagar, especially toilets.