September 20, 2020

Civic recast on PMC radar

Patna: Several ward councillors are planning to raise their voices against the recent state government decision of restructuring municipal bodies during the Patna Municipal Corporation’s board meeting on May 23.

One of the PMC standing committee members, Indradeep Kumar Chandravanshi, said he would raise the matter during the meeting and said he had got support from other ward councillors, including those from the Opposition.

“The recent notification has put the municipal body’s entity into threat. According to the notification, the District Urban Development Authority, Bihar Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (BUIDCo) and Bihar Rajya Jal Parshad would be merged into one and the new body would be responsible for the implementation of the schemes as it would hire an agency. With this, the municipal corporation and the elected representatives (councillors) would no longer be able to implement the schemes on their own in their respective areas. Under the present system, councillors can hire agencies to implement selected civic schemes in their ward but with the formation of the new body they won’t have this power,” said Chandravanshi.

He added: “If we don’t have the rights to implement schemes in our respective wards, then how would we be able to address civic issues as councillors? Then, no responsibility should be fixed on us if anything goes wrong. This looks like a conspiracy. The government is trying to take away our rights slowly.”

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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