Cutting across party lines, councillors raise development issues
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At the Municipal Corporation House meeting that was held for the first time in nine months at Zone A office headed by MC Commissioner and Mayor, MLAs and councillors across party lines raised various development issues of the city and complained about the long delay in the meeting.
The mayor, on the demand of the councillors, especially the Opposition, allowed the zero hour before the discussion on agenda, for which the Congress had even threatened to go on a dharna and walk out.
Raising common concern in the zero hour, the councillors opposed the proposed property tax which, they said, was finalised without taking area councillors into confidence, and requested the mayor and MC commissioner to involve councillors elected by people while taking such vital decisions.
Hemraj Aggarwal, leader of opposition from the Congress, said, "No councillor was taken into confidence before finalising property tax."
Similarly, Congress councillors Gurpreet Singh Gogi and Rakesh Prashar also raised voice against the property tax and termed it "a burden which we are demanding from people in return for zero facilities". "It is we who feel ashamed when we face the people in our wards," said Gogi. The SAD councillors were also seen supporting the Congress on opposition to the property tax.
SAD councillor Pal Singh Grewal said that "unit values of tax should be minimal so that people do not hide away from paying it". SAD MLA Simarjit Singh Bains was seen supporting the Congress on the issue, raising his hand.
The mayor also passed the house resolution of recognising and building roads in colonies having sewerage and water supply connections on the demand of the House.
The long-pending project of a bridge worth Rs 1.25 crore in Pavitar Nagar and replacement of old water pipes with new ones for approaching summers was too raised in the House.