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Dissolve B’pur civic body: Cong

| | BRAHMAPUR | in Bhubaneswar

The Congress has demanded that the Brahmapur Municipal Corporation (BMC) Council be dissolved and its management taken over by the State Government alleging massive irregularities in the civic body.

Ganjam DCC president Bhagaban Gantayat alleged that due to rampant corruption and irregularities in the BMC, the development work of the city has come to a standstill. If expeditious steps are not taken by the Government to dismiss the Government, the Congress will soon resort to agitation, he cautioned.

Gantayat further alleged that keeping in view the upcoming election to the urban bodies early next year, the State Government has sanctioned Rs 20 crore to the Corporation to carry out different developmental and pro-welfare works in its 40 wards.

However, while on the one hand, the BMC in its last Council meeting held on Monday had decided to utilize the amount by March 31, on the other, several developmental works are left half way and some still to be started. The BMC is carrying out works without proper home work and planning and at whims of some officials ignoring the public interest and demand of the tax payers, he said.

However, the BMC Mayor in his reaction said that the Congress’s allegation is false and baseless. Since the tenure of the present BMC Council ends hardly after three months, the demand of the Congress to dissolve the elected body appears to be politically motivated, he added.

Meanwhile, a senior citizen of the area alleged that the civic body has failed to lift garbage from the roads on the pretext of non availability of manpower and vehicles.

The BMC officials look only to main roads but not streets and peripheries, he said. He further charged that huge tax-payers’ money was reportedly spent on “Srestha Brahmapur” programme which needs to be probed. Not a single drain is cleaned. There is absolutely no proper sanitation and cleaning work. The drains of Gandhinagar third line extension and on Mahamayee Women’s College road can be taken as examples, he lamented, adding even iron rods, debris, and construction materials are dumped on the BMC drains un-opposed.

Another tax-payer said that there are only five electricians to attend complaints of the entire city. The Government only appoints engineers instead of technical manpower at the grassroots level, he added. 




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