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Eye on polls, MCD increases councillors’ development funds

delhi Updated: Feb 09, 2012 02:19 IST
HT Correspondent

Ahead of the municipal polls and Municipal Corporation of Delhi’s (MCD) trifurcation, the civic body has decided to increase the local area development fund of its councillors.

In 2012-13, each of the 272 councillors will be given R2.55 crore, the highest-ever amount allocated by the MCD. Last year, R1.55 crore was allocated to each councillor.

The money will be spent on improvement of roads, sanitation, streetlights and for carrying out other maintenance works. Councillors belonging to rural wards will get an additional R1 crore for development projects.

The budget clearly aims at wooing voters. But it may not be implemented as the MCD is likely to be split in April.

However, leader of the House Subhash Arya, who presented the budget, said the new entities would abide by the budget. “When three new corporations come to existence, they will need to have a budget in place. The ward-wise allocation of money will remain intact,” he said.

Earlier, the MCD’s standing committee had suggested that all 272 councillors would be eligible to get R1.55 crore for carrying out development work in their respective areas. Under this, for each ward, R50 lakh would be for improvement of roads, sanitation (R25 lakh), maintenance works (R75 lakh) and streetlighting (R5 lakh).

In Wednesday’s budget, another R1 crore per councillor has been allocated to be spent under the heads at the discretion of the councillor.

Arya said the MCD would build two hospitals in Lajpat Nagar and Fatehpur Beri. To promote education, it has decided to grant an extra R1,000 per year for stationary, etc, to SC and OBC students, studying in its schools.

The MCD plans to construct a waste-to-energy plant at Bhalaswa with a capacity of 2,000 metric tonnes.

Budget highlights:

Setting up a disaster management centre at Dwarka

Building 116 roads at Rs 700 crore through ready mix concrete system

Rs 5 crore for development of Narela, Najafgarh and Mehrauli

Rs 1 crore for development of water harvesting in ponds

Increase pension from Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,500. Those more than 70 years will get Rs 2,000.