Ludhiana, September 16
Raising questions over the role of Municipal Corporation (MC) officials and lack of transparency, a city resident, Amandeep Singh Khangura, complained to Local Bodies Minister Inderbir Singh Nijjar against “wrong practices and loot” by private contractors at the Municipal Corporation’s parking lots in the city.
The Local Bodies Minister had visited the corporation’s Zone D office here to inaugurate anti-smog machines on Friday evening.
Complainant Amandeep Singh Khangura said the agreement with private contractors had ended
on September 11 but workers of private contractors still charge fees from visitors at various parking lots in the city.
He said the wrong practices were going on at the parking lots as the officials were hand in glove with the private contractors, he alleged.
He demanded from the minister to provide relief to residents from “loot” by the private contractors at the parking lots. In his complaint, he said the residents remained victims of “corrupt” practices being committed by the parking contractors in the city for a long period. Despite repeated complaints, MC officials have failed to take any action till date.
On Friday, Khangura also made a video of a private contractor’s worker handling a parking lot at BRS Nagar here. He said that the private contractor’s worker was issuing fee slips of Municipal Corporation’s Bhadaur House parking lot to the visitors at the BRS Nagar parking lot. It needs to be probed that how the fee slips meant for Bhadaur House lot could be issued at the BRS Nagar lot by a private worker.
He said: “The MC had not hired any private workers by following the required procedure. Thus, private workers charge fees illegally.”
Khangura demanded from the minister to take necessary action to provide relief to the people. He also alleged that an MC official had also tried to stop him when he moved ahead to raise the matter before the minister today.
Notably, overcharging has remained a big issue at parking lots here even during the regime of the previous SAD-BJP government and the Congress government. Also, the AAP government has failed so far to provide any relief to the visitors from overcharging. No erring contractor was blacklisted.
Local Bodies Minister Inderbir Singh Nijjar said tenders had been called for the auction of parking lots. He said they would take action if any complaint about overcharging and misbehaviour was received.
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