Chaos, ruckus mark MC gen­eral house meet­ing

Coun­cil­lors and se­nior deputy mayor Praveen Bansal gherao com­mis­sioner AK Sinha and mayor Hakam Singh

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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.

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