MCD's Standing Committee meeting held on Saturday was the last of all meetings where announcements about development works or policy decisions were made.
With the model code of conduct coming into effect from Monday, the committee meetings from now on will be restricted to taking routine administrative decisions. The committee members made full use of the meeting and cleared as many as 100 projects, so that work on them could begin and councillors could earn brownie points from the electorate. A number of works have sub-projects that add up to 100."We had to clear these projects next week anyway so what difference does it make if we have cleared it today? We wouldn't have been able to clear these projects after Monday. These projects are for the people's welfare, not for our self-interest," said Yogender Chandolia, chairman of the Standing Committee of the MCD.
MCD's Standing Committee meeting is held every week but for the past several months, rather than discussing projects, both BJP and Congress councillors have been busy bickering over political issues. Due to this, a number of projects could not be discussed and cleared.
Projects that had been pending since years were cleared on Saturday. The meeting was earlier scheduled for March 6 but was shifted ahead in view of the model code of conduct kicking in on Monday. "Saturday's meeting lasted only 10 minutes and all the projects were approved without having any discussion," said a senior MCD official.
The BJP-led MCD has been in a haste to make announcements or clear developmental works ahead of the MCD elections to be held on April 15.
On Friday too, a special Standing Committee meeting was convened, and the civic agency passed a proposal to purchase 11,580 sewing machines to be distributed amongst widows and women belonging to the weaker sections of the society in each of the 272 wards.