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MC’s five-year term coming to an end,but several projects are yet to take off

Though the current term of Municipal Corporation councillors is coming to an end this year,some projects proposed in the very first year are yet to see the light of the day.

Written by Khushboo Sandhu | Chandigarh |
May 19, 2011 12:19:41 am

Though the current term of Municipal Corporation (MC) councillors is coming to an end this year,some projects proposed in the very first year are yet to see the light of the day. These include setting up a multi-level parking lot,formulating bylaws for e-waste and disposal of construction waste.

Successive meetings of the General House have been held since it first met in 2007,but the discussions have not yielded much result. The minutes of the previous meetings show how such issues have been repeatedly discussed in most meetings,but no concrete step was taken to execute these. In fact,the projects that were started,have not been streamlined. The MC is also grappling the problem of successfully running some projects. A look at some of such projects:

By-laws for Disposal of Construction Waste

A discussion on the problem of disposal of construction waste or malba has taken place in almost every meeting of the House over the last five years. Finally,last year,a committee was constituted under the chairmanship of Councillor Arshad Khan. Bylaws were drafted and discussions held but these were never notified. The problem of disposal of construction waste continues. “Councillors were nominated to the House with the aim of providing expertise in various areas. However,if there is no action taken over the issues raised by us,where is the relevance of such expertise? The issues that I raised in the House,including biometric system for attendance,installation of GPS,among other things were practical issues. In political space,the common man suffers,” said Khan.

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Stricter laws against encroachers

The need for strict laws against encroachers have been proposed time and again. However,the issue has always witnessed a divided House,with one set of councillors in favour of reducing penalties and the other asking for strict punishment. The councillors are also divided on the suggestion of penal action against encroachers. According to Councillor M P S Chawla,projects and proposals linger on for so long that even two years or more after being approved by the House,these are not implemented. Moreover,there is no system of review of the agenda items if these are not approved.

GPS in official vehicles

A committee was constituted for the installation of GPS in official vehicles,especially of fire and emergency services. A report prepared last year in this regard is lying in cold storage.

Modern Bird Slaughterhouse

This is another project that have surfaced time and again in the meetings as well as budgetary allocations for the last few years. However,no action has been taken. While meat bylaws have been notified,the lack of a proper slaughterhouse has ensured that the project is not implemented.

Project Management Tools

The need for proper management tools has been stressed time and again in House meetings. It has been pointed out that there is no way of keeping a track of approved projects. At times,the projects linger on for years and costs escalate.

Other Projects

A number of projects like Mahila Bhawan,marriage palaces,sehaj safai kendras in all sectors have not been completed. Councillor Gurcharan Dass Kalaa said that in the last five years,there is not much to show in terms of completed works. “While there were proposals for all areas,in the wards of the Opposition not much development has taken place. Not many projects have been initiated,” he added.

Lack of Streamlining of Existing Projects

The projects initiated in this term,including the modern laundry mart,night food street,garbage processing plant,mechanized road sweeping machines,AC fish and meat market are grappling with numerous problems. According to Councillor Chander Mukhi Sharma,councillors can propose projects and suggest policies but the implementation is up to the executive and technocrats.

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