MLAs’ expertise ensures peace in JMC meet

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Apr 2018 10:57:48



Staff Reporter

BUDGET meeting of Jabalpur Municipal Corporation (JMC) witnessed mutual coordination of MLAs while water crisis was core issue of discussion amongst public representatives on Wednesday. After a long time the meeting was organised without any arguments but it was adjourned till April 13 on the issue of increasing head of Corporators Development Fund upto Rs 75 lakh. During the meeting MLA Ashok Rohani assured to provide 2 tractors and 3 water tankers for next 3 months, MLA Tarun Bhanot declared to provide Rs 50,000 each to 18 corporators from his fund and also assured necessary assistance on corporators’ demand. MLAs remembered their day when they were corporators and shared their experience with existing ones.

Mayor Dr Swati Godbole expressed her gratitude towards MLAs for their kind gesture of providing guidance and assistance in solving water scarcity in the city.
Keeping aside their protocols, MLA Ashok Rohani, MLA Anchal Sonkar, MLA Tarun Bhanot and MLA Sushil Tiwari attended the Budget meeting at JMC and informed about problems in their respective areas. They urged the Mayor and corporators to take a serious note of increasing water crisis and also extended their support to ensure water availability for residents. Mayor Dr Swati Godbole expressed happiness on participation of MLAs in the Budget meeting and urged the opposition for unanimous approval to the Budget. Opposition leaders assured the house of approval to the Budget and MLA Tarun Bhanot demanded to increase head of Corporators Development Fund upto Rs 75 lakh. Considering the demand, the Mayor expressed her helplessness and proposed to increase the Corporators fund upto Rs 55 lakh but the same was declined by the opposition.

Finally, the Budget meeting was adjourned till April 13. Earlier, MLA Ashok Rohani thanked JMCfor starting construction of Ghamapur-Ranjhi road and not increasing tax in the Budget. He also demanded to include one of the three ponds situated in Cantt Assembly constituency and emphasised on repairing of hand-pumps and cleaning of wells to avoid water scarcity in his constituency. MLA Anchal Sonkar emphasised on peaceful discussions in the house for better materialisation of development works. He informed that two water overhead tanks are being constructed in his constituency to check water scarcity in the area. He urged municipal authorities to expedite construction of tanks to solve water woes.

MLA Sushil Tiwari appreciated the initiative of JMC for not increasing tax in this Budget and suggested to take serious initiatives to solve problem of water shortage. He informed about handing over a letter to JMC Commissioner 22 days back for water supply in different wards in Panagar Assembly constituency and appealed to fulfill his demand. MLA Tarun Bhanot asked to solve issued related to water the same day. He advocated to maintain better coordination between officers and public representatives for better solution of public problems and timely action on complaints. He assured corporators of his constituency of prompt action on their requirement of borewell. Addressing the house, Mayor Dr Swati Godbole made an appeal to the MLAs to provide minimum two water tankers in their respective constituencies for smooth water supply in water scarce areas and boring and assured to installing casing and pump-sets by JMC. She also urged the MLAs of unanimous approval to public friendly Budget. Leader of Opposition Rajesh Sonkar proposed to organise Budget meeting in every two months instead of six months, while Vinay Saxena said to provide minimum development fund of 20 per cent from annual JMC Budget of Rs 1,500 crore. Jagatbahadur Singh said for discussion on Budget for tabling problems and demands of corporators. Mukesh Rathore said that Budget of Rs 700 crore was proposed for flyover in previous year Budget which has been increased to Rs 1.02 crore, while corporators could not be asked for construction of stadium and Budget of Rs 50 lakh was spent only for preparing DPR.