September 28, 2020

Mayors seek funds rights

Patna: The Mahapaur, Upmahapaur Council of Bihar, a body comprising mayors and deputy mayors of municipal corporations across the state, on Sunday said they would move court if the government doesn’t take back its decision of restructuring civic bodies and snatching their funds utilisation rights.

The mayors and deputy mayors of various municipal corporations, including Patna, Darbhanga, Ara, Muzaffarpur, Gaya, Purnea, Munger, among others submitted their memorandum of demands to chief minister Nitish Kumar at 7 Circular Road on Sunday.

Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) mayor Sita Sahu led the delegation of mayors and deputy mayors. Earlier, they had a joint meeting at the PMC’s office at Mauryalok Complex.

According to a recent notification of the urban development and housing department, the District Urban Development Authority (Duda), Bihar Rajya Jal Parshad and some other wings of the urban development and housing department, would be merged into a single entity called Ekikrit Shahri Abhiyantran Sangathan and all the civic projects would be executed by the new body as it would hire agencies through which civic works would be executed.

The mayors and deputy mayors have said in the earlier system some of the civic projects were executed by councillors. They even floated tenders to select agencies but under the new system, this right would be taken away from them.

“This is nothing but unnecessary interference in the works of the civic body,” said PMC mayor Sahu.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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