DCC’s concern over poor performance of JMC

DCC president Vikram Malhotra and Cong Corporators addressing press conference in Jammu on Tuesday. —Excelsior/Rakesh
DCC president Vikram Malhotra and Cong Corporators addressing press conference in Jammu on Tuesday. —Excelsior/Rakesh

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Oct 22: District Congress Committee president Jammu (Urban) Vikram Malhotra, Dwarka Choudhary Chief Whip and Kamal Singh chairman (ULB) along with all the Corporators of Congress Party today expressed serious concerned over the poor performance of the Jammu Municipal Corporation even after completion of one year of elections.

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While addressing the media persons, Vikram said that all the elected Corporators of JMC are saddened and frustrated by the poor performance of the functioning of the Jammu Municipal Corporation. He said that after a gap of 9 years the elections to the Local Bodies were announced. There was a lot of hope and enthusiasm amongst the candidates and general public but after completion of one year there is no change on the ground. All the tall promises of the BJP leadership have fallen flat.
The House of the elected Corporators which is scheduled to hold at least one meeting every month (as per the JMC Act) to discuss the issues, problems, planning and development of each ward, has been conducted just 5 times in the last 12 months. This is the only forum where issues can be discussed and debated. The hollow claims of empowering the Municipal Corporators by having implemented the provisions of 74th Amendment of the Constitution is evident from the fact that only Rs 10 lakh have been allotted to each ward where as the Government has claimed having released Rs 227 crore of which Rs 45 crore was received in the month of January this year.
The Corporators alleged that the BJP is befooling the people of this city with dreams of making Jammu a Smart City, for the past one year, there has been no discussions and deliberations with the elected Corporators on the status and work done towards making Jammu a Smart City. Even the basic requirement of sanitation is suffering because of lack of Safai Karamcharis. There is no plan for solid waste management the whole process of waste collection is primitive and flawed, sewerage plant, slaughter house all exist on papers only. They said that most of the street lights are non-functional and there is several crisis of electrical technicians and line men.
They urged upon the Governor to intervene in this matter and ensure action in this matter.
Corporators Gourav Chopra, Ritu Choudhary, Bhanu Mahajan, Sobat Ali, Pritam Singh and Rashpal Bhardwaj also accompanied.