They have found another novel way of wasting public funds. The MCD has decided to buy out eight high-end toilets built by private developers on MCD land in various parts of the city before the Commonwealth Games.
The project that envisaged clean and modern toilet complexes with eating joints on the first floor has been stalled due to protests from the resident welfare associations and the lieutenant governor. The Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) have decided to write a letter to the governor asking him to direct the civic agency to demolish the structures.
As decided in the meeting on Monday, the civic body will now turn the first floors of the two-storey buildings into offices.
Mayor of Delhi PR Sawhney said initially there was a proposal to build more than 200 such complexes but only eight could be built due to their unpopularity.
“We will not demolish them but will pay the developers the money they have spent on building them. Each developer has spent more than R1 crore on each building,” he said.
According to Sawhney, lieutenant governor had objected to the project because the bids were not given through open tendering process. "Though the final decision on whether the offices will be for MCD or will be given to private companies is yet to be decided but the buildings will not be used for commercial purposes,” he said.
According to the RWA, two of the eight sites have been earmarked for constructing a parking lot and another one is a park.
The problem with the project started mushrooming as many of these complexes had come up at sites earmarked for parking projects such as M and N-block market in Greater Kailash-I.