Coun­cil­lors rue lack of devel­op­ment in city

HT Ludhiana Live - - Front Page - HT Live Cor­re­spon­dent lud­hi­ana@hin­dus­tan­ LUD­HI­ANA:

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.

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