Swatch Bharat Abhiyan in Baramulla

1 executive officer holding charge of 2 municipal councils, 1 municipal committee

ALTAF BABA
Baramulla, Publish Date: Aug 21 2017 12:42AM | Updated Date: Aug 21 2017 12:42AM
Swatch Bharat Abhiyan in BaramullaFile Photo

The seriousness of the state government towards the central flagship programme 'Swatch Bharat Abhiyan' in this district can be gauged by this: A single official is holding charge of municipal council Sopore and municipal committee Uri, besides holding chair at municipal council Baramulla.  

The absence of full-time executive officer at MC Sopore and municipal committee Uri has affected the sanitation program in these areas. 

The post of executive officer municipal Sopore is lying vacant for last few months following the transfer of executive officer Sopore. Executive officer Baramulla has been given the (additional) charge of municipal council Sopore. 

The geographical area of Sopore municipal council is 19 square kilometre while the population density of the city is 3233 persons per square kilometre.  According to sources as the municipal council Sopore continues to remain headless, the overall sanitation program and other developmental programs under various scheme like urban development sector (UDS), integrated development of medium towns (IDMT) and constituency development fund (CDF) have been badly affected. 

"In the absence of executive officer we are facing several issues. Besides overall functioning at the municipal council is badly affected," said Ghulam Rasool, a local contractor. 

He said, "Most of the time their documents remain pending for want of signature of executive officer and after several days when documents get piled up only then they are sent for signature".

The other affected area is the municipal committee Uri, where post of the executive officer is vacant for last two months. 

According to reports, the executive officer municipal committee Uri was transferred to municipal council Baramulla around two months back and since then the post at municipal committee Uri is lying vacant. 

The executive officer municipal council Baramulla is now holding the charge of municipal council Sopore as well as municipal committee Uri. 

The municipal committee Uri is comprising of 21 wards. The locals here according to reports are suffering in the absence of head of the municipal committee. 

While talking to Greater Kashmir, the locals said that they have to wait for several days to get their documents signed. They said that the area being far off from the district headquarter, the locals here had to wait for weeks together to get their document signed.  

The director local bodies Kashmir while acknowledging that municipal council Sopore and municipal committee Uri are headless said that the arrangement for the executive officers at both the places will be done within some days. 

"We will soon appoint executive officers at both the places till that we will ensure that normal routine is not affected," said Riyaz ahmad, director local bodies Kashmir.