Day 2 of budget meet inconclusive

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 May 2017 10:56:38

Staff Reporter,

SECOND day of the budget meeting of Jabalpur Municipal Corporation (JMC) remained tough for ruling party members as its own members expressed great displeasure over working of JMC administration. They said disinterest of senior officials in resolving public issues is proving dear to city’s development.

One of the two ruling party members said he had never seen Municipal Commissioner attending House meetings. Such act shows his seriousness towards development of the city. The allegation is considered by the Chairperson and she also expressed displeasure over continuous absence of Municipal Commissioner in the House during meetings. Another BJP Corporator raised the issue of files getting misplaced in JMC. He said the civic body has introduced File Tracking System by spending huge sum but it is of no use when officials are still misplacing important files.

Later, the Opposition members also grilled the ruling party over release of sewer water into Narmada river, hike in water and property tax etc. During the debate, both Opposition and the ruling party members had headed exchange of words. Later, the meeting was adjourned till 11 am on Friday. The adjourned budget meeting of JMC was organised at Pt Bhawani Prasad auditorium, on Thursday. As soon as the meeting started, Opposition member Kewal Krishna Ahuja and others raised the issue of release of sewer water into river Narmada. They said the civic body is polluting the river by discharging drain water into the river.

They said the Madhya Pradesh Government is taking out Narmada Seva Yatra for conservation of the river. It is spending crores on the Yatra. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is personally visiting every place where the Yatra is heading. Opposition members said JMC is damaging the sole aim of the Yatra. It is polluting the river by releasing sewer water into it. They urged the Chair to direct treasury bench to explain why the civic body is doing so. He also condemned the ruling party for overlooking conservation and development of the river. Ahuja said the ruling party has not allocated funds for development works along river

Replying to the query, ruling party members said soon the Municipal Corporation will install a water treatment plant at banks of the river to treat sewer water before releasing it into Narmada river. Later, ruling party members including Raju Patel and Satveer Jat expressed great displeasure over working of JMC administration. They said officials are not redressing civic problems in time. Their disinterest is tarnishing image of JMC and public representatives. Besides, it is causing inconvenience to common man. They also raised the issue of missing of files at JMC.

Ruling party members said despite using file tracking system, JMC officials have failed to keep important documents safely. Both the ruling party members were backed by Opposition members. After prolonged debate the meeting was adjourned till 11 am on Friday.