Water crisis, unclean drains’ issues rock BMC General Council meet

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Jun 2018 09:43:21


BHOPALMunicipal Corporation’s General Council meeting started on a stormy note on Monday as Congress corporators registered their protest over water problem plaguing the city and accused Mayor Alok Sharma of being negligent. They demanded discussion on water crisis and also on drains which according to them are not cleaned even as monsoon has reached at the doorstep. No sooner did the BMC General Council meeting start, the Congress corporators thronged the well of the House and started raising slogans, demanding immediate discussion on water crisis prevailing in the city. They also demanded discussion unclean drains of city as unclean drains poses great risk of flooding the low-lying areas in the event of heavy or incessant rainfall. Congress Corporator Amit Sharma was vocal in raising the issue related to water problem and unclean drains. He also charged Mayor Alok Sharma of misguiding and cheating people of city. In the meantime, Mayor Alok Sharma said that he is ready for discussion on water issue, dilapidated buildings, encroachment, cleanliness etc, but Congress corporators continued to raise slogans into the well. Seeing the aggressive attitude of Congress corporators, BJP corporators also reached the well and demanded BMC Chairman Surjeet Singh Chouhan to make arrangement to run the house in order. After warning from the chair, corporators returned to their seats and question hour began. During question hour, Congress Corporator Raesa Malik raised the smart parking contract issue and wanted to know that which company manages it and how much money it has deposited? She was not satisfied with the reply of Mayor in Council over the issue. In the meantime, BMC Chairman Surjeet Singh Chouhan told that if concerned company (Mindtech company) does not clear its due in three days then its deposit of Rs 75 lakh should be attached and recovery would also be done from the company. He gave this direction when Mayor in Council told that company had erred in making payments timely and not responded despite notice being served upon it. Notably, Mindtech company has taken work of 58 parkings in city but it is managing only 20 parkings places.

BMC had served notice to the company warning that either it shall operate the remaining parkings and pay money or else its tender would be cancelled. As per agreement with BMC, company has to give Rs 25 lakh per month. Meanwhile, Congress Corporator Raesa Malik staged dharna inside the well as she was not satisfied with the reply of Mayor in Council (MIC). Later on, she gave up dharna on the request of Leader of Opposition Mohammad Sageer and other Congress corporators. Another Congress Corporator Rafeeq Qureshi tried to draw the attention of council meeting on Kolar phase 2 water supply scheme and claimed that scheme has faulty design. MIC Member Mahesh Makwana accused Congress Corporator Rafeeq of illegally drawing water from another zone. Later, all the proposals were included in the meeting agenda and were passed by the BMC Council. Buckling under the demand for removal of negligent officials, BMC Chairman Surjeet Singh Chouhan passed the proposal recommending to send Chief City Planner Vijay Sawalkar to his parent department. On the demand that encroachment in charge Kamar Saqib and valve man of zone 5, Shahid should be removed in the wake of their negligent attitude, Surjeet Singh Chouhan directed to post Qamar Saqib at slaughter house and ordered to remove Shahid from Water Works Department.