The work of the newly-formed East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) has hit a roadblock.
The cash-strapped corporation apparently does not even have enough funds to clean its wards, and has brought garbage collection to a halt.
The corporation has failed to make timely payments to sanitation workers and those involved in transportation of garbage.
“The funds are so short that garbage has not been collected for over a week in our areas. The daily wage sanitation workers haven’t got their dues, so they have stopped working,” said a senior EDMC official.
EDMC, which is being called the poor cousin of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), is barely able to meet its expenses, leading to delay in other public welfare works too.
“The revenue is much less than the income of the corporation,” the officer said.
There is no way that we will be able to survive like this. These are just early signs; if we don’t get financial help from the Delhi government, we won’t be able to function,” he added.
“Meanwhile, we are also exploring other options to increase the income.”
The work of de-silting drains has also slowed down and officers said there was no way that it would be done before the monsoons.