10022018-ATR-01.qxd 2/9/2018 10:56 PM Page 1 c m y b SATURDAY | 10 FEBRUARY 2018 | AMRITSAR AMRITSAR TRIBUNE Permission for langar Love is in the air Of close ties With cleanliness on mind, MC asks committees of shrines to obtain its permission to hold langar. P2 It’s time to celebrate love. And like each year, the build-up to the Valentine’s Day is special. P3 With Valentine’s Day near, here are some shows that celebrate unique love stories. P4 FORECAST MAINLY CLEAR SKY | MAX 23°C MIN 4°C | YESTERDAY MAX 22°C MIN 5°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 6.13 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 7.16 AM MC House passes 25 resolutions Construction of toilets and infrastructure for garbage collection among civic body priorities Charanjit Singh Teja Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 9 As many as 25 resolutions were passed unaminously at the newly-elected councillors’ maiden General House meeting here today. The MC secretary read only the first five proposals and the rest were passed without discussion. Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu, Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu and MC Commissioner Sonali Giri were present at the meeting. Earlier, the MC had drafted nine proposals till yesterday. As many as 16 proposals were added to the supplementary agenda today. On the demand of councillors, the Mayor asked officials to add some of the proposals during the meeting. Most of the proposals were regarding sanitation. The proposal of desilting of the Ganda Nullah (drain) from the Maqboolpura railway line to Chabbal Road in Zone 1, 1 A and 3A has been passed. A councillor suggested that the MC should buy machines for such works but the Mayor highlighted the weak financial condition of the civic body. The proposal to construct toilets at 41 places under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and renovation of existing toilets was also passed. The House will buy 100 rickshaw carts and 30 main carts to collect garbage door-to-door in the walled city. The House gave a nod to buy medicines for the Ayurveda dispensary. The MC will float tenders worth Rs 3.84 lakh to complete the remaining work on 16 flats HIGHLIGHTS No MLA other than Sidhu A councillor raises his point; (right) an official (pink turban) stops a councillor’s husband from entering the meeting hall; and (below) Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu, Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and MC Commissioner Sonali Giri at the House meeting at Ranjit Avenue in Amritsar on Friday. PHOTOS: VISHAL KUMAR CIvic body bankrupt Councillors’ husbands fume ❝ We have inherited a bankrupt MC. There is a shortage of staff. We don’t have infrastructure to recover bills and taxes. We need at least Rs 100 crore. Only the government aid can help us recover. We have requested Navjot Singh Sidhu to provide us funds. KARAMJIT SINGH RINTU, Mayor which have been constructed under the Basic Services to Urban Poor (BSUP) project. The House gave approval to increase the number of Mohalla Sudhar Committees from 65 to 85 as the number of wards has also been increased. Besides, the MC office will have new furniture for Rs 80 lakh. Mayor Karmjit Singh Rintu Husbands of some of the councillors were left fuming as MC officials didn’t allow them at the meeting. Only those people were permitted who had got entry passes yesterday. Heated arguments were witnessed. With 50 per cent reservation for woman, the number of councillors’ husbands has increased in the House. ❞ also sought proceedings for the issuance of funds for the annual maintenance of lifts lying defunct at the MC office. The civic body will also publish annual diaries with fresh details. CCTV cameras will be installed at the garbage dump to keep a tab on vehicles. Most of the councillors raised the issues of potable No Opposition leader The 16 Opposition councillors are without leader so far. The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have 6 councillors each and others are Independents. As per the understanding of SAD-BJP alliance, the BJP has to choose the Opposition leader. Jaranil Singh Dhot, councillor, Bharatiya Janata Party, said, “The party hasn’t announced the Leader of the Opposition. It is matter of state leadership so we can’t say anything.” In the last Municipal Corporation House, the Congress had only 4 councillors and Raj Kawalpreet Singh Lucky represented them. water supply, sewerage and street lights concerning their areas. Deputy Mayor Younis Kumar demanded from ~102 crore announced for sewage project An MC meeting in progress at Ranjit Avenue on Friday. VISHAL KUMAR Tribune News Service Amritsar, February 9 Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu attended the first General House meeting of the newly-elected councillors here today. He announced Rs 102 crore for sewerage project in the south and east consistencies besides incomplete projects of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JAICA). He also announced Rs 9 crore for the solid waste management on the directions of the National Green Tribunal. Stressing that their would be no dearth of funds, the minister said, “The MC will also get around Rs 100 crore from the regularisation process of hotels in the Galliara. The funds will come to the corporation this year. This scheme of regularisation has already been passed,” he said. As Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu demanded additional Though all elected MLAs of urban constituencies are members of the MC House, no one barring Navjot Singh Sidhu attended the meting. Sidhu is among the first in the recent years to attend the House meeting. Rs 100 crore, the minister announced that he would bring the same as a special gift from Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh. The Local Bodies Minister said that money would never be a problem for the House. “I will do whatever possible and request the Chief Minister to give Rs 100 crore to the MC as early as possible,” he said. He termed each councillor the voice of 15 lakh residents of the city and urged them to rise above the party level and work for the city in a united manner. The minister also promised that within the next three to four months, the city will witness 100 per cent street lighting. Talking about giving the best of facilities to the people, Sidhu said various services, such as death and birth certificates, maps, etc, would be streamlined in the best possible manner. c m y b Navjot Singh Sidhu to regularise the jobs of safai karamcharis and sewermen. Mayor Karamjit Singh Rintu, asked all the council- lors to submit their demands at his office so all the proposals add in next general house meeting, expected to hold in March. Regular jobs for ‘safai sewaks’ sought During the proceedings of the civic body House, Deputy Mayor Younis Kumar demanded from Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu to regularise the jobs of safai karamcharis and sewermen.
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