Nashik: Nashik Municipal Corporation should provide basic facilities like water, road, drainage and emphasise on their development as it is its primary duty, opined corporator Gurmeet Bagga who is known for his versatile personality and has in-depth knowledge about development issues in the city.
He was speaking in a Political Katta organised by Deshdoot Times on Tuesday. He touched upon various issues ranging from political issues to developmental issues. Bagga said that training should be given to newly elected corporators. This will help them in understanding the basic functioning of Municipal Corporation and their duties.
Bagga also regretted over rapid and uncontrolled urbanisation of Nashik city. He stated that growing urbanisation is dangerous and it should be controlled. Bagga also suggested measures like filtration plant to keep Godavari clean and pure, which is identity of Nashik.
There should be barricades around Ramkund to prevent pollution of the water. While explaining the functioning of the Municipal Corporation, Bagga informed that there are three acts for Municipal Corporations, two separate acts for Bombay Municipal Corporation and Nagpur Municipal Corporation.
The act for rest Municipal Corporations is the same. Mayor has a right to conduct meetings only, while the municipal commissioner has powers to take decisions. Both are working this way and there should be coordination between both of them. Officials have fixed policies, However, at present, this is not seen happening. Everyone is encroaching upon one another’s rights, he said.
While elaborating in detail Bagga stated that Municipal Corporation has two responsibilities – mandatory and voluntary. Provision of water, road, street light and drainage line falls under compulsory responsibilities of the Corporation, while rest falls under voluntary responsibilities. Earlier, 90% expenditure was on mandatory responsibilities, but it is reverse today.
Bagga said that a report of the previous meeting should be given in the next meeting and government should make it compulsory to give it before the start of the next meeting. The report in electronic form should be given to corporators and citizens, so it should help in preventing irregularities in the proposals.