With the Municipal Corporation’s Finance and Contracts Committee scheduled to meet next week, members of the committee are doing their homework on a number of contentious issues. In July a status report on projects sanctioned by the MC was tabled in the House. This report pointed out that only around 20% of the total developmental work sanctioned in past five months by the finance and contract committee (F&CC) of Municipal Corporation has taken off, while about 80% remains on paper. The status report has made the councillors aware of works pending in their respective wards, some sanctioned even before this term started.
Aside for the status of projects, an even more fundamental issue regards the so-far undefined powers of the Committee. BJP councilor and F&CC member Rajesh Gupta has demanded to know whether the Committee has an policy-making power. He says that although he has raised this issue at many F&CC meetings, he has yet to receive an answer.
MC authorities claim that they are trying our best to start as many works as possible but point out that after a project is passed, it takes three to four months, before it can be implemented. Most of the civil works were on hold due to increased rates of raw materials. However, thanks to the status report, councillors are now aware of works pending in their respective wards and they are exerting pressure to get the projects moving.
Deputy Mayor Satish Kainth wants to concentrate on the issue of toilets for the city’s labour colonies. He points out that the existing facilities are inadequate for the populations of these colonies and many of the existing toilets are in need of repair and renovation. Kainth argues that improving the sanitary condition of the Labour Colonies is a matter of ensuring the health of the entire city. He wants the toilet projects taken up on priority.
Rainy weather may offer a temporary excuse for project stand-still but within just a couple weeks dry weather will return. Will the projects get rolling then?
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