New Delhi: As he ends his term, Delhi Mayor
Kanwar Sain on Thursday lamented that the tenure of the post was
"too short" and said if given another year, he would have
strived to complete the Commonwealth Games projects in a
Sain, in his last press conference as the city`s first
citizen, said the tenure of the post of Mayor as well as the
powers were inadequate for bringing any "tangible change".
His one-year tenure ends tomorrow with the Municipal
Corporation of Delhi set to elect a new Mayor.
"The working tenure of Mayor should be fixed and it
should be for more than one year. In Uttar Pradesh, the tenure
is five years while the same is three years in Gujarat. One
year is too short," Sain said.
Sain also felt that the Mayor should have "more powers".
He should get to write the annual confidential report of the
municipal commissioner, which will give him more hold over the
bureaucracy, the BJP leader said.
"I wanted another year as our team got acquainted with
all aspects of the Commonwealth Games projects and we would
have strived to complete the works in my time. I wanted to see
Delhi as a world-class city and I hope my successor will work
towards the same direction," he said.
However, when asked if he was unhappy about his party not
extending his term for another year, Sain, the first medical
practitioner to hold the office of Mayor of Delhi, said "the
tenure was to be for one year only."
"If the party wanted, they could have extended it, but
the party`s decision is supreme. They must have thought my
work here is over and it might well be an indicator that I
will be given bigger responsibilities," Sain, who was widely
tipped to get another term as Mayor, said.
The BJP had nominated MCD Education Committee Chairman
Prithvi Raj Sawhney for the post of Mayor and he is all set to
be elected as the ruling party has an overwhelming majority in
the municipal corporation.
Sain said that despite many challenges, he managed to
accomplish a number of achievements during his tenure. "I
conducted the meetings of the corporation with minimum
disruption and always tried to go along with both the ruling
and the opposition sides," he said.
The MCD collecting all-time high gross property tax
revenue, unveiling of the Civic Centre building which will
house its new headquarters, launching of door-to-door garbage
collection service are the other highlights, he said.
The outgoing Mayor hoped that the Commonwealth Games
projects of MCD would be completed by May.