A far cry from the ‘smart city’ dream project, Ludhiana will prove to be a daunting challenge for incoming municipal corporation commissioner Jaskiran Singh who will assume office next week. A host of unresolved civic issues are crying for attention for far too long now. Outgoing MC commissioner Kanwalpreet Kaur Brar relieved office on Friday and will now take over as the deputy commissioner of Fatehgarh Sahib.
Jaskiran, who has served as deputy commissioner at a number of places and in the local bodies department, is planning to give thrust to flagship projects of the municipal corporation including the smart city project. Ludhiana was named in the first list of cities to developed as a smart city by the government. He also plans to upgrade the infrastructure in the city’s slum areas.
“I will focus on improving the status of basic amenities of areas under the MC. The smart city project will be a priority under which I will assure that different schemes are kickstarted. Provision of potable water in areas where it is unavailable will also be discussed soon after I join next week,” he said.
Political interference and lobbying has been a major deterrent in the functioning of the MC. Jaskiran, however, said, “I will see to it that the MC functions properly. Issues remain everywhere but there is a need to resolve them instead of complicating them further,” he said.
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