In what can only be described as a negligence and inability to plan for the development of the city, 14 of 25 elected councillors in the city have failed to use their ward development fund of Rs 40 lakh, for the current year. This is even as the wards continue to deteriorate on all parameters.
Some councillors have not even spend 25% of the amount and have used only Rs 9 lakh, while others have just about managed to spend Rs 16 lakh.
Former senior deputy mayor, Rana Kashmiri Devi, who recently joined the BJP, has spent just Rs 9 lakh, while Congress councillor, Mukesh Bassi has spent Rs 16 lakh. BJP councillor Deshraj Gupta has spent Rs 19 lakh and BSP councillor Jannat Jahan has spent Rs 19 lakh.
It is not as if Rana Kashmiri Devi, who represents ward number 14, with a population of around 25,000, has a perfect ward.
The area is dotted with garbage at all entry points and the sewerage system has been blocked for the past several months. Damaged roads and stagnant water is also a reality.
“Rana Kashmiri Devi has ignored our ward. We have been deprived of basic amenities for 12 years as her family members remained in the power. We do not know why the House elected her to the post of senior deputy mayor last year, when she has not uttered a single word in any House meeting,” says president of Resident Welfare Association, Sector 45-A, Ashok Sharma.
BJP councillor Deshraj Gupta, who represents ward number-26, has not even bothered to take up the issue of the Manimajra motor market, one of the biggest in the region, even thought it looks like a large scale dump yard, which has not been cleared for many months; construction debris and stinking urinals also mark the area.
Deputy mayor Davesh Moudgil is the only councillor to have spent `44 lakh over the past year. The development pertains to maintenance of parks, street lights, sewerage, provision of proper drinking water, ensuring cleanliness and re-carpeting of roads. Likely mayor candidates for 2015, Poonam Sharma of the Congress and Asha Kumar Jaswal of the BJP, have also spent just Rs 25 lakh and Rs 22 lakh, respectively.
Councillors who have spent less than 50%
Name Amount spent % unspent
Rana Kasmiri Devi (BJP) Rs 9 lakh 78%
Deshraj Gupta (BJP) Rs 16 lakh 60%
Mukesh Bassi (Congress) Rs 16 lakh 60%
Jannat Jahan ( BSP) Rs 19 lakh 53%
OTHER MAJOR LAGGARDS
Asha Kumari Jaswal (BJP) Rs 22 lakh 45%
Harjinder Kaur (BJP-SAD) Rs 22 lakh 45%
Poonam Sharma (Congress) Rs 26 lakh 35%
Sat Prakash Aggarwal (BJP) Rs 28 lakh 30%
Others who did not spend sanctioned Rs 40 lakh
Some councillors fell short of spending the full amount
Subhash Chawla (Congress) Rs 32 lakh
Arun Sood ( BJP) Rs 32 lakh
Rajesh Kumar Gupta (BJP) Rs 30 lakh
Naresh Kumar ( BSP) Rs 32 lakh
Satish Kainth (congress) Rs 32 lakh
Gurucharan Dass Kala (independent) Rs 32 lakh