Mayors demand more powers, better working condition

Cuttack: The 100th edition of All India Mayors` Council has sought steps to empower Mayors as per the provisions of 74th amendment of constitution and demanded that all states must adopt a universal format of election and tenure of Mayors.

Organised by Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC), the Council of Mayors was inaugurated by Orissa Culture minister Devi Prasad Mishra.

Two technical sessions of the council, held under the chairmanship of All India Mayors’ Council president Asutosh Varshney of Aligarh, stressed on the need to improve the basic infrastructure of prominent cities of the country.

Forget about basic facilities like road, drinking water, electricity and drainage, it is unfortunate that the poor people in elite cities do not get night shelters to beat the ongoing cold wave condition prevailing across the country now, the Mayors rued.

Incidentally, the very own host civic body which was upgraded to the status of a Corporation in 2003 came up with only two temporary night shelter houses barely two days ago that too after a prod from the country’s Apex court.

However, the Mayors at the conference blamed the respective state governments for failing to cope with the ever increasing population in urban areas.

Demanding more powers to improve the basic infrastructure of the urban people, the national council stressed on implementation of 74th Amendment of Constitution.

At least 22 Mayors and over 100 delegates from across the country participated in the council meeting and discussed about their roles in eliminating urban poverty and improving basic infrastructure in urban areas.