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Civic works take a hit as MCD fails to use funds

delhi Updated: Dec 29, 2011 02:14 IST
Neelam Pandey
Neelam Pandey
Hindustan Times
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Since the last fortnight, Meera Sharma, a resident of Green Park, has been finding it almost impossible to stay at home because of the stink in her neighbourhood.

The reason for the smell: The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is running short of equipment to lift garbage and there's no space left in the landfill site.

Likewise, Utkarsh Sood, a resident of Amar Colony, complains of streetlights that do not work.

Sharma and Sood are just two of lakhs of Delhiites facing day-to-day civic problems. And unlike other times, cash crunch is not a reason for civic amenities taking a hit.

Of the Rs 2,024 crore the MCD is entitled to get from the Delhi government under the non-plan head, the civic agency has taken only Rs 255 crore so far — just 12.59%. The allocated funds will lapse in March.

With MCD trifurcation fast approaching and municipal councillors unlikely to get tickets for the same seats, it seems they are not interested in carrying out development work in their areas, at least till elections are held in April next year.

All this money was supposed to be spent on various kinds of developmental works such as construction of roads, installation of new streetlights or fixing existing ones, machinery for disposal of garbage, constructing classrooms among others.

Sources said garbage is not being lifted in a number of colonies as there is a shortage of rickshaws and wheelbarrows.

At many places, streetlights are not functioning, making it difficult for motorists to drive in dense fog. "The entire stretch behind Sapna cinema is poorly lit as most of the streetlights are not functioning," said Sood.

Urban development minister AK Walia will write a letter to the civic agency, asking them to take the funds. "There are three installments under which the funds are given to MCD. But this year they have not asked us. We will inform the civic agency about it," said Walia.

The civic agency, however, refutes the charges. "If Delhi government thinks we have not been taking the funds, why have they not informed us till now?” said Jagdish Mamgain, chairman of MCD's Works Committee.