Mayor Jyoti khandelwal has shot off a letter to chief minister Ashok Gehlot highlighting the issues of bad roads, defunct streetlights, stray cattle and unhygienic conditions prevailing across the city. The mayor also sent photographs depicting the poor sanitary conditions of the city with her letter. In her letter, she said that opposition party has been raising these issues and also hindering the development works in the city.
The mayor also wrote that MP Mahesh Joshi was interfering in the appointment and suspension of officials of Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC). In her letter, the mayor held BJP responsible for creating obstacles in the development works.
“At JMC, BJP councillors are heading most of the committees and they don’t want the civic problems to be solved. They just want to spoil my image as a mayor,” Khandelwal wrote. She further said that Jaipur residents had elected her with high hopes and now she had been reduced to just an ‘ornamental mayor’.
The state government has given most of the powers to the JMC committees and JMC Board, and BJP councillors are misusing those powers, she alleged in her letter.
“Earlier, the JMC CEO could approve projects worth only up to Rs10 lakh, but now he can sanction projects worth Rs75 lakh. Earlier, he came under the mayor, but after the amendments in the JMC Act by the government, he now comes under the JMC Board members. The JMC’s CEO is also misusing his powers,” she wrote in her letter.
She further wrote that she had been raising the issues of poor sanitation, encroachments, stray cattle menace, damaged streetlights, clogged sewerlines etc in the past but nothing has been done.
She said she had been blamed for all these problems. “If the councillors are accusing the mayor of the state capital today, they could also blame the chief of the state,” Khandelwal wrote in her letter to the CM. The mayor urged the CM to address civic problems of the city.