With the municipal elections slated to be held in April, the BJP-led Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) on Tuesday promised huge funds for development in areas that form its main vote bank - unauthorised colonies and villages.
While Rs. 100 crore has been allotted to the building of rural roads, Rs. 10 crore has been given to unauthorised colonies.
Though only the Delhi government is allowed to spend money in such areas, the MCD commissioner has been asked to make provisions under section 358 of the Delhi Municipal Act, so that the civic body can also work on its development.
MCD also made a separate allocation of Rs. 15 crore towards civil work in unauthorised, regularised colonies.
For the first time, the MCD also made separate allocation for poorvanchalis, who make up a major chunk of the voter population. The Standing Committee has allocated R50 crore towards the redevelopment of river banks so poorvanchalis can celebrate Chhat Puja without any hassle.
"We have provided Rs. 500 lakh for them. The fund will be used to develop ghats and to provide other facilities to devotees on the occasion of Chhat Puja. The path leading to ghats will also be redeveloped and lit," he said.