Bathinda MC: Cong councillors attack party’s mayor for poor upkeep of sewerage system

The protesting councilors lashed out at the mayor for delaying a meeting to review the city’s water scarcity during the monsoon season. He blamed the Mayor for arbitrarily canceling the General Assembly in June as the House lost time to audit the drainage management.

Bathinda: Mayor Raman Goyal of Bathinda Municipal Corporation (MC) was attacked by his Congress party councilors in a general meeting on Tuesday for the poor maintenance of the city’s drainage system. Members of the opposition Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) also joined the rebel Congress councillors.

Congress has a majority in the 50-member MC House.

The protesting councilors lashed out at the mayor for delaying a meeting to review the city’s water scarcity during the monsoon season. He blamed the Mayor for arbitrarily canceling the General Assembly in June as the House lost time to audit the drainage management.

Bathinda does not have a sewerage system and a drainage system is used to drain rainwater from the city.

Before the discussion on the 17-point agenda, the representative of Ward No. 39, Pushpa Rani, raised the issue of poor management of drains.

Other Congress councilors, Jasveer Singh Jassa and Beant Singh Randhawa, alleged that the Corporation officials have taken steps to desilt drains in most parts of the city. Mayor Raman Goyal failed to give a pacifying reply to the agitated councillors.

The first woman mayor faces opposition among Congress councillors, who accuse her of compromising her seniority to favor a novice leader for the top job.

The Mayor had invited the Congress councilors for breakfast before today’s meeting, hoping that they might take a tough stand but many of them stayed away from the event.

Inability of MC to maintain private agency

Corporation members blamed the outsourcing agency for the poor management of the city’s drainage system. He wanted the House to pass a resolution against the private agency for not attending to complaints of clogged drains.

However, Mayor and Corporation Commissioner Pallavi Chaudhary refused to respond to the demand.

Senior Deputy Mayor Ashok Pradhan said that the local body has limited powers to take any action against the agency due to the terms of the agreement signed at the state level.

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