The model code of conduct now in force for the general election is likely to affect the development work promised by the Municipal Corporation of Dehradun for the coming three months. It is pertinent to mention that in March 2018, the last board had been dissolved after which the development work of the city was being looked after by the municipal commissioner for nearly a year. After the mayor was elected in November last, the first board meeting was finally held in February this year. As a result, the development works which had been proposed earlier and had been highlighted at the board meeting are staring at being stuck up for nearly three months thanks to the enforcement the model code of conduct.
The councillors from the opposition parties said that things had come to such a sorry pass because of the official apathy to convene the board meeting. “Had the first board meeting been convened at the right time things would not have been in such a mess and the works would already have made some progress. However, the officers took three months to convene the first board meeting,” said a councillor from Congress. However, when quizzed, the officials denied and said that this was because of the request of the board members. “We had hardly any role to play in the matter,” said a senior civic body officer.
It is also important to mention that nearly 28 major developmental proposals were discussed in course of the board meeting. The major issues like the construction of the roads, tendering of shops and land, buying machinery for sanitation purpose and appointing staffers and workers were raised up and discussed at the board meeting. Nearly 18 proposals concerning the development of the city out of the total 28 have been put on hold now for nearly three months till the time the results of the elections are announced.
Queried over the matter, the mayor Sunil Uniyal ‘Gama’ said, “Postponing the tender work was not our decision. It was demanded by the councillors at the board meeting. Opposition party is always inclined to pull us down rather than supporting us and standing with us for the development of the city.”
He further said, “The board meeting was held at the appropriate time and development of the city is one of our main priorities. I am urging all the councillors to work together with us to make our city a better one.”
However, the councillor from east Dalanwala (ward No- 25) and a member of the opposition party Nikhil Kumar dismissed the mayor’s contention and said, “We repeatedly asked the mayor to conduct the board meeting at the earliest. But he kept on dragging his feet and reasoned why things were being delayed. Finally, he dragged the meeting till February. Convening the board meeting late has put development in the dock for some months.”
He said, “The councillor fund of Rs 20 lakh which was passed by the board has not been allotted to us so far. It is thus clear that the approval would take at least three months and the tender for construction would be stuck again because of the monsoon season. It would take nearly a year to bring things on the tracks.”
Thursday, 14 March 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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