Numerous MC panels, but no result in sight

Mayor raj bala malik

Mayor Raj Bala Malik might be quick to announce constitution of committees to take decisions on contentious issues, but it seems that little work gets done in these panels. While some fail to reach a conclusion, in others the members are yet to be appointed. In fact the seriousness with which members take the panels is evident from the fact that in the past one year few reports have been submitted for consideration.

The most recent announcement was for constitution of a panel to decide whether certain sub-committees of the civic body should be given financial powers.

Almost a fortnight after it was announced, the committee is yet to be constituted.

A panel was constituted a few months back to select technology for installation of a new sewerage treatment plant. Questions were raised over the selection of members and new names were added.

After much contemplation the committee visited a plant in Delhi. Proposal is on the anvil for visiting another city where a plant of a different technology is installed.

Meanwhile, the process of installation of the plant is being delayed.

A councillor stated that a committee comprising of councillors is not competent to take a decision on technology that can be used. "Inspection of the plants can be done, but the committee members are not technically sound. They can compare the technologies, but not take a final call," he said.

The chairman of the committee constituted to probe the anomalies in laying of pipelines resigned in the first meeting. Thereafter it was decided that the probe be handed over to the Vigilance Officer of the MC.

A constant demand of the councillors was that the PWD manual be followed for which this should be studied properly. A committee was constituted, but meetings have not been held. The demand of the members of the committee to be provided with a copy of the manual was also not fulfilled.

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