BUDGET: Corporators highlight problems in wards on Day 4

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 07 May 2017 12:03:40

THE budget meeting of Jabalpur Municipal Corporation (JMC) continued on fourth day. Nearly a dozen of corporators apprised the House with civic problems prevailing in their wards. They grilled the ruling party over water scarcity and other issues. Corporator Shiv Sena, Thaneshwar Mahawar spoke at length over the issues proposed in the budget. He also extended warmth to Mayor for approving a large number of development works for his ward. Later, representative of Rajya Sabha Member (MP) Jagat Bahadur Singh, Vivek Tankha highlighted the errors in the budget.

They also proposed a number of amendments in the budget. Singh had a heated exchange of words with the ruling party members over approval of Madan Mahal flyover. He said that the project got a nod due to efforts of Vivek Tankha, while ruling party members said Union Minister Nitin Gadkari had cleared ways for flyover. Both opposition and ruling party members had heated arguments over the issue. Singh also demanded to cancel dismantling of Wright Town Stadium for a Multi Sports Complex.

He said when Chief Minister had already declared for International-level stadium at Panagar, there is no need of dismantling the stadium and developing it as Multi Sports Complex. He stated it would be sheer wastage of money. Later, Municipal Commissioner Vedprakash apprised the House about Smart City project. He said the project has many proposals including round-the-clock water supply and other such issues. He said it also has a provision of loan for execution of Smart City work. Vedprakash informed that at first the works would be implement- ed in selected areas, later on it would be executed in the entire city.

Taking great objection over loan for Smart City work, MLA representative Mukesh Rathore said that the move would put extra burden of tax on citizen. He said civic body would levy more tax on denizens to repay loan amount and interest too. Rathore alleged that the Union and State Government are not providing due support to the JMC in executing development works which is forcing it to take loan from banks. Some ruling party corporators also narrated about civic problems, especially water scarcity prevailing in their wards. They said residents of their wards are facing water scarcity. Despite the Municipal Corporation is not expediting pipeline laying work.

They demanded that all the pending works related to water supply must be done on priority so that people could get sufficient water. Later, the meeting was adjourned till 11 am on Monday. It would probably be the last day of the budget meeting. The adjourned meeting of the JMC was started at 11 am, on Saturday. At first BJP Corporator Rizwan Ansari raised the issue of water scarcity in his ward. He said concerned officials are taking no interest to complete pipe line laying work. Due to the same residents of his wards facing water problem.

He also informed that his word face massive waterlogging during heavy rains. Ansari said JMC has yet not started cleaning of drains and nallahs, which is posing possible threat of water logging during monsoon. Later, Thaneshwar Mahawar and other corporators from both opposition and ruling party highlighted the civic problems of their areas also proposed amendments for the budget. Former Corporator Jagat Bahadur Singh also placed suggestions including setting up of treatment plant at the banks of river Narmada, international-level stadium, multi-level paring, water harvesting drive, simplification of tax, public wifi zone, CCTV cameras at important places in the city and others.