F&CC gives nod to hike rent for booking community centres
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The Finance and Contract Committee of the Municipal Corporation approved an increase in the rent for booking of community centres in Sectors 8, 11, 22 and 35. The rent for booking of air-conditioned and non-AC halls was Rs 2,500. The new rates will be Rs 10,000 for AC hall, Rs 5,000 for non AC hall and Rs 1,000 for a short meeting or kitty parties.
The committee further decided that the membership fee from the senior citizens would be Rs 500. Approval was given for installation of CCTV cameras for surveillance at the community centre at Rose Club, Sector 16 and another in Sector 35. An amount of Rs 1.88 lakh was approved for the same.
The division of departments between the Municipal Corporation and the UT Administration was an issue of debate in the meeting. The councillors demanded that the Malaria Wing should be transferred to the civic body.
The issue came up for discussion after an agenda was proposed in the meeting that entailed purchasing two vehicles for fogging and handing these over to the Malaria Wing of the UT Health Department. The proposal was mooted as it was felt that despite increasing cases of dengue and malaria the health department was not taking sufficient steps to deal with the problem. The councillors had complained that while residents approach them to get fogging done in the residential areas, the health department did not take sufficient steps.
The purchase of the vehicles was rejected as it was opined that since the department was not under purview of the MC, the vehicles could not be purchased. The councillors stated that the proposal for transferring of the Malaria Wing to the MC be taken up with the Administration.
The members of the F&CC further decided that a decision approved in the sanitation committee for starting a pilot project for garbage collection in group housing societies be brought to the meeting of the general house for discussion. It was felt that it was a policy matter and required to be discussed by all members. The functions within the housing societies at present are managed by the societies themselves.
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