‘Need to en­sure new House does not re­peat mis­takes’

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - HINDUSTANTIMES HTPUNJAB -

With a new House in place, Pa­tiala hopes for a new be­gin­ning. Its first ci­ti­zen now is San­jeev Sharma Bittu, a pro­tégé of CM Capt Amarinder Singh and his wife and for­mer Union min­is­ter Pre­neet Kaur. Ex­cerpts from an in­ter­view:

What will be your top pri­or­i­ties?

My fo­cus will be to stream­line sew­er­age and drainage. Be­sides that, the dairy shift­ing pro­ject has al­ready been taken up with the govern­ment and glitches re­lated to it will be cleared soon. Is­sues in­clude of en­croach­ment, ir­reg­u­lar wa­ter sup­ply and stray an­i­mals.

What are the ma­jor chal­lenges?

We need to en­sure that the new House doesn’t re­peat mis­takes com­mit­ted by the pre­de­ces­sors. De­spite rul­ing the state for 10 years, the SAD-BJP govern­ment has not given a sin­gle penny for devel­op­ment of the city. We have al­ready listed out devel­op­ment work worth ₹100 crore and projects worth ₹50 crore will be an­nounced in the com­ing week.

What about a fis­cal re­vival?

That is a huge task, for which govern­ment-level talks have been ini­ti­ated. I have gone through the record and found that we are managing to meet our com­mit­ted ex­pen­di­tures. My main fo­cus will re­main to come up with in­come-gen­er­a­tion sources. Of­fi­cials have been asked to stream­line tax col­lec­tion.

How will you en­sure ef­fi­ciency?

The co­or­di­na­tion be­tween elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives and ad­min­is­tra­tive staff will be en­sured. Se­nior of­fi­cials have al­ready been di­rected to come out of work­ing style dur­ing the SADBJP ten­ure. Of­fi­cials con­cerned will be held re­spon­si­ble if any lapse comes to the fore in dis­sem­i­nat­ing ser­vices. The civic bpdy must, on pri­or­ity, en­sure reg­u­lar wa­ter sup­ply, be­sides clean­ing of lanes and drains on a reg­u­lar ba­sis in the in­te­rior parts of the city so as to avoid the prob­lem of wa­ter­log­ging, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the rainy sea­son ev­ery year. Seema, 42, house­wife

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