Panchkula: As the development work in the city has come to a standstill following acute staff shortage of which the authorities are not at all concerned; the civic body is now awaiting more staff from Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA). The superintending engineer (SE) has not reported since he has joined while against vacancy of three executive engineers, there is just one who is on leave.
As the Panchkula MC is awaiting staff from HUDA; an agenda has been proposed for outsourcing of employees if HUDA does not provide staff till March 31.
MC Commissioner Lalit Siwach said, ‘’HUDA has to provide technical staff to the civic body following which a meeting has also held recently. MC is awaiting staff from HUDA as four sectors have recently been transferred to MC from HUDA along with maintenance of roads in various sectors as well.’’
‘’We are hoping get the staff soon, but if the same does not matched with the process; we will be outsourcing employees after March 31’’, he added.
The executive officer (EO) of MC reports at Panchkula for just two days as he has an additional charge, also Chief sanitary inspector (CSI) is running on leave from past two months despite the fact that Swachh Survekshan, the national cleanliness survey, is going on where Panchkula is competing against 500 cities of the country.
The record says that against six posts of municipal engineers (MEs), four are vacant. Against six posts of junior engineers (JEs), there are only two regular JEs.
In December 2016, HUDA and MC had signed the agreement to transfer sectors 20, 21, 25 and 26 and roads of sectors 7/18, 7/8, 5/6/ 6/7, 1/6 and 1/ 2 for maintenance. The MC has to take care of roads, sanitation, parks and streetlights in these sectors. Earlier, the MC had just 16 sectors along with Industrial Area Phase-1 and Phase-2. So for new sectors, it needed more money.
A new revenue model will now be adhered to after transfer of sectors from HUDA to MC. Though on two occasions the auction has taken place in Panchkula after transfer of sectors, no money has been handed over to MC.
As per the new revenue model, 75% of the recovery of extension fee, building application fee, composition charges recovered by HUDA is to be remitted to the local body besides 50% of profit margin from receipt of unsold sites through sale or auction after deducting updated cost incurred on these
Also new revenue model to be adhered — HUDA to share revenue as many sectors have now been transferred to MC
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