Councillors rue lack of development in city
The issue of lack of basic amenities reverberated in the House meeting, which was held after a gap of nine months on Tuesday. Councillors of various wards rued that development was on the back seat of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation.
The councillors also raised voice against the property tax that would be levied from April.
Breaking party lines, councillors spoke against the tax as and when they were invited to the microphone by the mayor. The councillors complained that the discussions regarding property tax were held between MC officials and the deputy commissioner without taking them into confidence.
Leader of opposition Hemraj Aggarwal said that no councillor was taken into confidence before discussing the unit value of the property tax. Gurpreet Singh Gogi and Rakesh Prashar of Congress also came out strongly against property tax.
Meanwhile, SAD councillor Pal Singh Grewal said the unit vale of the property tax should be such that it doesn't become a burden on the residents.
Congress councillors also opposed the MC proposal to privatise the building branch challan system, saying that the private contractors would not adhere to the requests of the councillors.
The issue of nine shops built at the pedestrian under path in front of the mini-secretariat was also raised by the Congress. The party demanded that the shops be allotted on compassionate grounds as the MC had failed in attracting buyers for these shops through auction last year.
The long pending project of a Rs 1.25-crore bridge in Pavitar Nagar and replacement of old water pipes with new ones for upcoming summer was also raised. Some councillors also demanded immediate repair of roads, installation of street lights, and cleaning of sewerage systems in several wards.
Swaran Singh Chahal of SAD, alleged that the anti-encroachment wing of MC was biased and removed rehris only from particular areas of the city.
Congress councillor Gurpreet Singh Gogi (right) and other councillors arguing over the issue of TS 1 certificate during the municipal corporation House meeting in Ludhiana on Tuesday.