Now, your councillor has a stronger excuse to deny you better roads and parks with the North Delhi Municipal Corporation cutting down the local area development fund by 80%.
The North Delhi civic body held its first meeting on Monday and approved a budget of R2994.3 crore for 2012-2013. The total allocation includes a loan of R729 crore from the Delhi government.
Apart from the Rs 50 lakh, each, every councillor will receive an additional Rs 3.8 lakh for sanitation services, Rs 3.8 lakh for maintenance work, Rs 3.8 lakh for providing streetlights and Rs 4.38 lakh for road improvement. In all, each councillor will receive R65.78 lakh for developing his/her ward.
Meera Aggarwal, who took charge as the Mayor of the new corporation on Monday, said when the Delhi government decided to trifurcate the MCD, it should have first chalked out a plan to improve finances of the three new corporations. "Instead of bailing out the corporations, they have given us a loan of Rs 729 crore. The Delhi government should not have kick started the corporations with a debt on its head," she said. According to sources, expenditure under several heads such as office expenses of the Mayor, Standing Committee chairperson, etc, has also been reduced.
Yogender Chandolia, Chairman of Standing Committee of the North Delhi civic body, said the corporation may modify the budget in future as per the need.
While 25% of the budget has been allocated for education, 17% has earmarked for health and 15 per cent for development and public works while sanitation got 14% budgetary share.