Ludhiana: Due to the fast approaching Municipal Corporation Elections 2017, the Municipal Corporation is expected to redefine areas of different wards watching increasing population in Ludhiana. As number of city wards have population more than 25 to 30 thousand due to which it becomes difficult for the councillor of area to address the problems of maximum people in the ward. Even the MLA’s also face problem.
Moreover with the increasing of MC limits this problem has increased in the leaps and bounds so to deal with this problem MC is going to redefine areas in various wards of the city. But the areas of population more than 25 to 30 thousand only would be redefined, but not wards with small population. Moreover number of wards would also be increased in this process before the Municipal Corporation Ludhiana elections. It is being done on the directions of Mayor, Harcharan Singh as in the December House meeting he announced about redefining the structure of MCL including zones, wards and new areas included in MCL limits watching the increasing population and work load on the officials in the department.
It is pertinent to mention that before Punjab Assembly Elections 2017, as per the notification, the state government has extended LMC limits by including around 53 more villages. The villages included in the MC limits are Kadiyan, Rajpura Dogra, Khakat, Pava, Pratap Singh Wala, Mehmoodpura, Manakwal, Mangli Neechi, Jaspal Bangar, Dhandra, Ayali Khurd, remaining areas of Jassian and Kangalnwal, Phulawal, remaining part of Fatehpur, Choorpur and others. The Local Bodies Department has invited objections from the public within one month.
The councillors of the Congress and Independents are taking move as a political gimmick. During the annual general body meeting of the Municipal Corporation held in December, they had raised objections to the issue by maintaining that the MC had miserably failed to provide basic amenities to the public in the existing MC limits. By extending the limits, there will be enhanced liability for financially strapped MC.
One of the officials of the MC said the civic body was not able to provide 100 per cent water and sewerage facilities in the existing limits. “As we have got money, works are in pipeline. Extending the MC limits means more liability for civic body. The MC has to pull up its socks to generate resources to take care of 53 villages to be included in the Municipal limits. The extending the MC limits was a demand of the SAD leaders pending for a long time,” said the official.