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Madam mayor, your office is ready

Newly-elect mayor Asha Lakra can look forward to a freshly revamped and a fairly large set of offices on the third floor of the Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) building near Kutchery.

The BJP-backed candidate who secured 40,941 votes in the civic polls to win the mayoral chair, who will move to her new workplace beginning July, will get her own sprawling chamber, rooms for her staff, a kitchen and washrooms to make her feel at home.

And yes, all these are getting refurbished, a much-needed initiative as the mayoral chambers had remained closed once then mayor Rama Khalkho’s five-year term ended last year and the fresh elections in April 2013 were cancelled by Election Commission a day after she was found embroiled in a cash-for-vote scam.

Work on renovating the mayor’s office at RMC started a fortnight back, while the elections were held on June 23 and results declared on Friday.

RMC is hoping that Asha, who is only 35, will find the fresh coat of pale yellow paint and new curtains to her liking.

The AC, computer and chairs of her chamber have already been installed in their proper places.

Bulk of the work over, labourers are now giving finishing touches.

Humlog ko kaam do din mein khatam karna hain. Humlog sabhi naye madam ke office ki tayari mein lage hain (We have to finish our work in two days flat. We are all busy preparing the office for the new madam),” said Sanjit Sopore, one of the labourers fitting lights this morning.

“It looks decent, doesn’t it?” he asked.

Naresh Kumar Sinha, RMC public relations officer, looked satisfied with the renovation and said it would be complete in two days.

Sinha also hoped the new mayor would fulfil the aspirations of citizens. “We want Ashaji to complete long-pending schemes related to sewerage and drainage, water supply, transport and Basic Services to Urban Poor (BSUP) scheme under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission,” he said.

Adding that the office wore a “festive look” today, he said: “The mayor’s post had been vacant for over a year. Ashaji’s victory has injected a fresh dose of optimism.”