With the Delhi government saying that the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has not been using funds offered by it for the development of city, MCD leaders on Thursday lashed out at the government for "spreading lies".
MCD standing committee chairman Yogendra Chandolia said the civic agency has not been receiving funds despite repeated requests. He said if the delay continues he would sit on dharna outside the residence of chief minister Sheila Dikshit or Delhi Secretariat Players Building in protest. Chandolia requested the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi to ask the government to release Rs 1,769 crore to the MCD.
The civic agency's reaction came a day after HT reported that the MCD was apparently not interested in carrying out development work in the city and has not withdrawn around R2,024 crore from the exchequer.
Trashing the news, Mahendra Nagpal, chairman of the MCD's education committee, said it is yet to get about R1,000 crore from the Delhi government. Despite repeated reminders, he said, the committee has received only about R700 crore.
"We have sent several reminders informing them (Delhi government) about the need to build more schools and infrastructure but the response has been very bad," Nagpal claimed.
Seeking the intervention of Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna, Chandolia claimed various MCD projects were stuck because of the delay in releasing of funds by the government.
"Because of political rigidness, funds are not being given. It is absolutely wrong to say that the MCD has not withdrawn funds in time. We have been writing to them regularly since August. We faced trouble on several occasions; we could not pay pensions and salary to our employees in time," he said.
Blaming Delhi finance minister Raj Kumar Chauhan for the state of affairs, Chandolia said the Congress-led government has delayed funds in order to malign BJP's image before the municipal elections. The MCD is currently led by the BJP.