Up­roar in House: MC of­fi­cers walk out over chlo­ri­na­tor ques­tion­ing

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CHANDI­GARH: The monthly meet­ing of the mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion took an un­prece­dented turn as the of­fi­cers staged a walk out from the House on Fri­day af­ter the coun­cil­lors de­manded reg­is­tra­tion of a crim­i­nal case against them in the de­funct chlo­ri­na­tors case. De­cry­ing the at­ti­tude of the of­fi­cers, the coun­cil­lors said they had lost faith in them.

Re­act­ing to this, all the of­fi­cers walked out of the meet­ing and wrote to the UT ad­viser seek­ing repa­tri­a­tion to their home cadres, pen­dency of which they should be al­lowed month's leave. On the other hand, coun­cil­lors termed the re­ac­tion an in­sult to the house and de­manded dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against the of­fi­cers.

The house was later ad­journed with­out pass­ing any agenda.

It may be men­tioned that HT had first high­lighted the is­sue of unchlo­ri­nated wa­ter be­ing sup­plied to sev­eral parts of the city in ab­sence of non-func­tional chlo­ri­na­tors.

This is the sec­ond time since the in­cep­tion of the civic body in 1996 that MC of­fi­cers have walked out of the meet­ing. On Au­gust 29 last year too, the of­fi­cers


had boy­cotted the house, an ac­tion jointly crit­i­cised by all the coun­cil­lors. The of­fi­cers were also ac­cused of evad­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

On Fri­day, the drama be­gan when BJP coun­cil­lor Sau­rabh Joshi al­leged that the re­ply pro­vided to him re­gard­ing the in­stal­la­tion of sub­stan­dard chlo­ri­na­tors was wrong. He al­leged that the MC of­fi­cers replied to him thrice and each con­tra­dicted the other. Be­sides, the of­fi­cers had been mis­guid­ing the house as they failed to pro­vide the ex­act de­tails of the chlo­ri­na­tors in­stalled at dif­fer­ent tube­wells.

Pub­lic health depart­ment su­per­in­tend­ing en­gi­neer Ramesh Chan­der Di­wan failed to jus­tify the wrong in­for­ma­tion given to Joshi. Even com­mis­sioner Vivek Pratap Singh's sug­ges­tion on form­ing of a probe panel also met with op­po­si­tion from the coun­cil­lors, who re­fused to set­tle for any­thing less than a CBI in­quiry and a crim­i­nal case against the of­fi­cers.

Of­fi­cers got an­noyed over the lan­guage used by coun­cil­lors. They were only try­ing to an­swer the queries of coun­cil­lors. VIVEK PAR­TAP SINGH MC Com­mis­sioner

We do not ex­pect the MC of­fi­cers to do jus­tice. They have al­ready failed to take ac­tion against the guilty of­fi­cers. We want an in­de­pen­dent in­quiry. SURINDER BAGHA nom­i­nated coun­cil­lor

The of­fi­cers failed. Eight res­i­dents of Mauli Ja­gran died. This shows how of­fi­cers have been play­ing with the lives of the gen­eral pub­lic. ARUN SOOD BJP coun­cil­lor

The bu­reau­crats in the House are the main op­po­si­tion. They are mak­ing fools out of us. No ac­tion has been taken against them even though of­fi­cers were found guilty. AMRIT TI­WARI nom­i­nated coun­cil­lor

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