Guj elated over relaxation, but AMC is still in trauma

SMC, RMC standing committees, general boards meet regularly, unlike at AMC

Ahmedabad: Everyone seems to be excited about the relaxations that have been in place for the past two days. Everyone, that is, except for the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC).

Ahmedabad city has been hard hit by the Sars-CoV-2 virus, but does that excuse the largest civic body in the state from its duty to hold weekly standing committee meetings or the general board meeting? The AMC has not held either since March, even while the local civic bodies in Rajkot and Surat have managed to conduct most, if not all, of theirs.

The Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) is making optimum use of technology and has not missed a monthly general board meeting. “We have our general board meetings with video communications app Zoom.

The standing committee also meets once a week, and members of other committees have meetings as and when the need arises. For instance, this week, there was a drainage committee meeting. No work has been stalled.

We are taking care of public welfare works even amid the novel coronavirus crisis,” said Anil Goplani, the standing committee chairman, SMC. Vasram Sagathiya, leader of opposition at the Rajkot Municipal Corporation told First India, “Just today, there was a standing committee meeting.

There were three items on the agenda that needed to be brought to the attention of the members. However, the general board has not met so far.”

Meanwhile, at the AMC, standing committee chairman Amul Bhatt acknowledged that there has not been a single committee meeting since March.

“We have not held any meetings or general board meeting after the coronavirus infection outbreak in the city.

According to the Gujarat Municipal Provincial Act, there is a provision to suspend these meetings under such circumstances.

However, now we are discussing the issue of resuming the standing committee meetings,” he said.

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