The unexpected inspection by chief minister Vasundhara Raje on Saturday left the officials of urban development housing (UDH) department and Jaipur Development Authority (JDA) shocked. The officials are now pressing all their manpower into service to beautify the city in order to avoid inviting wrath of the newly appointed CM.
ACS (UDH) GS Sandhu held a high-level meeting at JDA on Saturday. Seven departments - traffic, JMC, JDA, RHB, PHED, JCTSL and JMRC - took part in the meeting and sought suggestions as what more needs to be done to improve the city’s condition. Sandhu, sources said, gave the mantra of working ‘day and night’ to address civic issues.
He directed the officials to repair potholes on roads at Metro sites. No complaint regarding streetlights should persist and leakages in water pipelines should get repaired immediately, he told the officials. Parking in the Walled City should also be well managed. Raje’s visit ‘distressed’ Sandhu to such an extent that he noted down the contact numbers of engineers accountable for road construction in his personnel diary.
Sources said that Sandhu is heading the UDH department for the past five years under Gehlot government. Only for seven months, he was given the charge of home following Gopalgarh violence. So any lapse in sanitation management and road repairing would put him in trouble.
Another reason for being extra cautious is his being a favourite bureaucrat of ex-CM Gehlot. Sandhu was UDH and local self governance secretary for a long time during the first term of Gehlot (1998-2003). When Raje came to power in 2003, he went on deputation at Centre for five years.
Jaipur development commissioner Abhay Kumar is also quite cautious over the proposed inspections by CM. Kumar directed his officials to ensure that all roads are repaired. Raje had recently expressed dissatisfaction over the poor condition of roads in the city.