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Posted at: Jun 15, 2019, 7:48 AM; last updated: Jun 15, 2019, 7:48 AM (IST)

NGOs question MC functioning

Amritsar, June 14

The 74th Amendment in the Constitution, which was done to empower the civic bodies, was discussed during a seminar held at a local hotel. The seminar was organised by an NGO, Praja. Other NGOs, including Amritsar Vikas Manch, Mission Aagaz and Lok Kalyan Samiti along with councillors participated in it.

The key functions of the MC — maintenance of roads and bridges, domestic industrial and commercial water supply, public health, sanitation, conservancy, solid waste management, fire services, urban forestry, protection of environment, urban planning, etc. — are not working in order, they said.

As the civic bodies are not given free hand to manage the urban affairs, there is no coordination between different agencies while lying of gas pipes, water and sewerage pipes and telephone cables. So the residents suffer as roads are dug frequently, activists alleged. Principal Kulwant Singh Ankhi, patron of Amritsar Vikas Manch, raised the issue of stray cattle creating the traffic and sanitary problems.

Jagmohan Singh of Lok Kalyan Samiti, besides other NGO members Deepak Babbar and Daljit Singh Kohli, also participated.

Councillors Jarnail Singh Dhot, Pardeep Kumar, Mamta Dutta, Surinder Chaudhary, Sandhia Sikka among others were present. — TNS


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