The model code of conduct, in force in the wake of the upcoming civic polls in Delhi, has already put a stop on the new development works across the city. It has now emerged that works as small as road repair could also not be taken up.
Jagdish Mamgain, chairman of the works committee of MCD, on Tuesday wrote to the state election commission to seek permission for repair works such as filling potholes. However, Delhi chief electoral officer Rakesh Mehta turned down the request, saying the model code of conduct does not allow even repair works.
The model code of conduct came into force on March 5 and all new projects were stopped since it could be used as an appeasement tactic ahead of the polls. Mamgain said that in the name of code of conduct "people of Delhi should not suffer commuting on bumpy roads".
"The estimates for these road cuts have already been prepared by the MCD and money for repair has already been deposited. Therefore road restoration, filling potholes and repairs cannot be considered a new work or a populist scheme or policy. So the state poll body should allow the MCD to continue with the tender process," he said.