The councillor funds that were to be spent on developmental work in the city have lapsed with the end of the financial year. The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) had earmarked Rs 1.55 crore to be spent by each of the 272 councillors but the councillors have not been able to exhaust their funds. Also, as the financial year has come to an end, the funds will not be carried forward and have lapsed.
According to sources, MCD councillors have not been able to spend 63% of the funds earmarked to them.
“All the councillors were given time from February 22 to start making their bookings for carrying out various works in their wards. However, in many wards the councillors did not make any estimate, while some of them were unable to do so due to the server problem. We have asked the MCD commissioner to give us details as to how much money has lapsed due to this administrative delay,” said Yogender Chandolia, chairman, MCD standing committee.
The civic agency had made it mandatory that while works worth R50 lakh can be awarded manually, the rest have to be processed online to ensure transparency.
According to the civic agency, of the R422 crore, bookings for only R266 crore were made. However, tenders and work orders for only R159 crore could be called for.
To spend their funds on developmental activities, the MCD councillors were supposed
to ask the junior engineer in their area to make bookings and then an estimate had to be prepared. The amount had to be booked online at Civic Centre. Following this, tenders were to be called for.
Several councillors raised the issue of funds getting lapsed in the Standing Committee meeting of the MCD on Thursday.
“All the councillors have been making rounds of the offices with their files to get the amount booked and so that tenders could be called. But due to server problem for the past many days, tenders could not be called. It is completely an administrative failure,” said Vijay Prakash Pandey, member, MCD Standing Committee.