Delhi mayors protest outside CM Kejriwal’s house, demand funds

  • Mohit Sharma, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Nov 03, 2015 12:43 IST
File photo of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal interacting with media personnel. (Raj K Raj/ HT Photo)

Protesting against the delay in fund allocation by the Delhi government, three mayors along with BJP councillors led a demonstration outside Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s house on Tuesday.

The officials of the Delhi government ,however, termed the protest a political gimmick.

“The mayors were asked to file a detailed list of funds which is yet to be allocated and also the additional funds they need. Although while they have failed to give either, they have led a protest outside the CM’s house,” said a senior municipal official.

Equipped with placards and black flags, the protestors reached Kejriwal’s house early morning on Tuesday and sought immediate release of pending funds from the Kejriwal government for smooth functioning of the corporation.

The four demands put forward by the mayors include immediate release of municipal reforms funds to all three corporations and the implementation of the fourth finance commission’s recommendation.

“The Delhi government owes us (three corporations) around Rs 1,322 crore as municipal reforms which was allocated to us in the Delhi government’s budget,” said Harsh Malhotra, mayor, East Delhi.

Senior leaders of the corporation have also sought the payment of the pending property tax by various Delhi government departments.

“The various departments of Delhi government owe us around Rs 600 crore in property tax payment. Further around Rs 1,179 crore in global share funds has also been delayed by the Delhi government,” said Ravinder Gupta, North Delhi mayor.

The protestors were however removed by the Delhi Police owing to safety concerns.

The three municipal corporations have been going through the worst financial crunch since their inception leading to regular strikes by its employees. Currently too, the municipal sanitation employees have been on strike since October 23, leading to piling of garbage on the streets of east and parts of north Delhi.

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