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DC Brar Proposes Common Helpline for Civic Issues


Chandigarh, India, July, 2021 -- DC Mandip Singh Brar proposed a common integrated helpline for dealing with all kind of complaints related to civic amenities except of criminals and civil disputes in Chandigarh. The proposed helpline will be the part of Chandigarh Smart city project.

A specialised control room for the project was also recommended.

"The need of the common integrated helpline arose after studying the complaints of people, who accuse the Municipal Corporation and the UT administration of passing the buck onto each other for various civic issues. For instance, the water logging problem during the heavy rain. People do not have any idea about who to approach. When they called MC helpline, they are told that the particular location is under the engineering wing of UT administration and vice-versa. Axing of old, dead and overgrown trees in Chandigarh is also among many issues. These two issues are among so many others, which cause inconvenience to the general public," said a sitting councillor.

The proposed control room will comprise representatives of all civil departments including holtricultre, sanitatiion, electricity etc of the civic body and the administration. The call attendants will transfer the distress call directly to the department concerned.

"The proposal was made keeping in the mind the welfare of local people. It needs a feasible study. This is the part of the Chandigarh Smart City project. If the concept of a common helpline is implemented, most of the confusions, problems of the local residents will be resolved," said DC Mandip Singh Brar.

There have been various instances when the administration faced the wrath of local people for not addressing their issues on time.


Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
Source: https://indianexpress.com

Date Posted: Monday, July 26, 2021

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