Aam Aadmi Party leaders on Friday demanded an inquiry into the surge in naming and renaming of public places by municipal corporations ahead of the civic polls next year.
AAP leaders termed the move as a case of “corruption” and “abuse” of public money.
“Several existing parks and roads are again being renamed and the MCD is planning to spend crores of money on such projects,” said Nitin Tyagi, AAP’s Laxmi Nagar MLA.
Alleging that this was an act of corruption and misuse of funds, he demanded an audit and FIR in the matter.
“The MCD and the councillors wanted to score brownie points by undertaking such projects, because the work involves a lot of money. This will enable them to invite local residents and gain mileage out of it,” Tyagi.
The demand by the AAP leaders follows HT’s report on how the municipal corporations, unable to initiate new projects, resorted to naming and renaming of old projects in its bid to reach out to the public.
Sources said the ceremonies, which invariably follow the official renaming, gives local leaders a chance to interact with the public and highlight the different initiatives taken in the past for the development of the renamed place.
HT’s report also said that while until last year, the municipal corporation cleared close to 70-odd projects depending on new projects undertaken, the three municipal corporations had already cleared more than 400 projects for naming and remaining.
Senior leaders in these municipal corporations, meanwhile, said the naming of public places was an annual affair. However, they blamed the Delhi government for the current financial condition of the corporation.
“The Delhi government owes us more than Rs 3,000 crore in arrears and if there are no development projects, then the Arvind Kejriwal government is to be blamed for it. The naming of parks and roads is however an annual affair,” said Ashish Sood, senior BJP leader and South Delhi Municipal councillor.