Ahmedabad: After the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) proposed to expand the city’s limits, mayor Bijal Patel said the civic body wanted to provide services to people of border areas. The ruling party insisted that the proposed expansion had everything to do with providing services, and nothing to do with the upcoming election in 2020.
However, Shahnawaj Shaikh, a Jamalpur councillor, contradicts the mayor’s claims. He told First India, “Common people never go the the court for justice. However, over the past 10 years, 147 Public Interest Litigations (PILs) have been filed against the civic body. So, how the authority’s claims of providing services is not true.”
Shaikh’s list of PILs comes from the AMC’s own legal department. “I had asked for data from 2005, but they only have data from 2009 onwards,” he said.
“It is shocking that common people have filed 147 writ petitions before the High Court against the AMC for basic services like better roads and parking, and resolving the cattle menace,” he added. “This high a number of petitions means common man needs the High Court’s interference to get basic services. This is a failure of the ruling party. It shows that the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) does not have the vision or direction to run the show. The number of PILs shows the party’s incompetency,” he also said.
Former leader of the opposition, Badruddin Shaikh alleges that the ruling party wants to increase the area under AMC jurisdiction to gain political mileage. “Many areas do not get proper potable water, the roads are damaged, mass transport services is not sufficient and traffic is chaotic. With all these persisting issues, the ruling party never takes an initiative. The AMC only acts when there is a directive from the High Court,” said the veteran leader.