LUDHIANA: Poor road infrastructure, installation of water purifier and maintenance of parks were among the issues taken up at the MC meeting, which was otherwise political in nature. There was considerable uproar over the advertising policy of the state government. In the course of the meeting, councillors pointed out the hassle women had to face to avail the stipulated relief in property tax for widows. They said women were often entangled in lengthy paperwork to avail relief of up to Rs 5,000. Mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria assured that the matter would be looked into and women would be spared the trouble.
Covering ganda nullah: Several councillors pointed out the health risk posed to residents living along the nullah. BJP councillor Gurdeep Singh Neetu said Rs 5 crore would be released soon to cover the nullah. Neetu said the project had been passed by the state government but had not been implemented so far. The mayor assured Rs 5 crore would be released for the project.
Installation of water purifier: MC also approved of the installation of water purifiers in 28 wards. The move aims at providing safe potable water to residents and check the spread of water borne diseases. The project will be completed in one year and funds have been allotted to councillors of different wards.
Maintenance of parks: Councillors said they do not have adequate funds to beautify parks for recreational purposes. They also said a large number of wards were in a dilapidated condition and needed to be upgraded. The mayor said it would be done soon.
Allotment of funds to outer ward: Councillors alleged discrimination against the outer wards. They said despite the mayor promising Rs 1 crore for the outer wards, funds released were actually less in comparison.