Chaos, ruckus mark MC general house meeting
Councillors and senior deputy mayor Praveen Bansal gherao commissioner AK Sinha and mayor Hakam Singh
LUDHIANA: The general house meeting of the Ludhiana municipal corporation witnessed uproar for more than half an hour over increasing the limit of the corporation area by 1 km and for connectivity of adjoining villages to the boundary of the city.
However, the two MLAs and the health minister failed to get approval for the sewerage connectivity of adjoining villages to the boundary of the city and increasing the limit.
All councilors of the BJP, Congress, Akali Dal and senior deputy mayor Praveen Bansal gheraoed LMC commissioner AK Sinha and mayor Hakam Singh Gyaspura on the stage.
The councillors were protesting against the demand of MLA Darshan Singh Shivalik, who wanted to include his village and colonies on the belt of the canal under the LMC limit.
Though health minister Satpal Gosain and Gyaspura openly supported Shivalik over laying down the sewer lines in the villages and connecting them to the city, they faced strong opposition from the Congress and the BJP councillors and senior deputy mayor from the BJP Praveen Bansal.
Bansal said it was not possible as the city would suffer a lot. The councillors maintained that locals had already been suffering due to the laying of sewer lines and if the limit was increased, development in the city would be delayed.
"Our colonies are still undeclared in the city. First get them declared, then think of exceeding the MC limit," the councillors said. Shivalik said, "The LMC should not have called me to the general house meeting and if they have called, they should at least listen to me. I think sewer lines should be laid in the outer villages too and connect it to the city's system as it is for the welfare of the public. Even if they don't want to exceed the MC limit, the sewerage problem should be taken care of."
Despite chaos and ruckus for half an hour, the demand remained pending. Shivalik was asked to put the demand in the next core committee meeting, which will be held in the next few months, following which it would be discussed in the next general house meeting. Shivalik said, "If such important issues are to be discussed in the core committee meeting then what are these general house meetings for."
Senior councillor of Transport Nagar Prithipal Singh demanded a roller, sewer cleaning pipes and other machinery, which were all passed by the commissioner and the mayor.
Councillor Anil Malhotra raised the issue of traffic congestion and poor sewerage in the old city area, where maximum traders visit in the city. The LMC commissioner said they would make all payments and asked the officials to start the work within two days.
Councillor Pal Singh Grewal said autos had created ruckus in the city. "Though he is not Before the chaos, heated arguments took place between the Congress and the Akali-BJP councillors and LMC commissioner AK Sinha over constructing a park on the vacant land of the LMC in Jawaddi.
SAD councillor Tanvir Singh Dhaliwal had put the demand before the meeting. However, Congress councillors objected to the proposal, saying, "If the LMC has a vacant land than it does not mean a park should be constructed on it." However, ignoring the opposition, the LMC commissioner passed the proposal, which was again objected, but the mayor passed the proposal saying, "I have the power to make the final decision. Park will be constructed for children. There is no harm in it."
From now onwards, money for rainwater harvesting would be charged from a person, who would buy a 250 sq yard plot. Earlier, 500 sq yards residential plot person was charged.
Paramjit Kaur, councillor of ward number 58, said there was just one sewer line in her ward and no one picked garbage from the area. The commissioner asked the officials concerned to immediately do the needful in the area.