To put all its Commonwealth Games-related projects on the fast track, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has asked the Delhi government to release a sum of Rs 500 crore.
While the MCD’s legislative wing is busy claiming that money for its projects will be released on time, according to sources, the chief minister has said funds will only be released depending on the performance of the civic body.
“To ensure that all are projects are completed on time we have asked chief minister, Sheila Dikshit to release Rs 500 crore. We want to put all our Commonwealth Games related projects on fast track,” said Mayor Kanwar Sain.
The mayor had a meeting at Delhi Secretariat on Thursday with the chief minister to discuss the annual outlay of the MCD for the year 2009-10.
“The chief minister has acceded to our request. She had also said that as a matter of procedure we should send a formal request to the Delhi government with details of various projects which require funding,” Sain said.
According to the MCD, funds are required for projects related to the engineering department, environmental management services and the horticulture department.
“A number of projects are under way right now and need immediate funding for their timely implementation,” Sain said.
“For instance, under the transport sector, we have got Rs 70 crore but the construction of railway overbridges and underbridges will cost Rs 312 crore and we have asked for Rs 350 crore under that head.
“In education also, we have been provided with Rs 65 crore while we usually get Rs 120 crore. We have demanded for Rs 240 crore for construction of classrooms and the like. Similarly, we have also asked for more funds for construction of community halls.
“Under the Sixth Pay Commission, we still have arrears pending that need to be paid to our employees,” he added.
The MCD has also asked for a lump sum amount for improvement of sanitation conditions in the city. Accepting that the chief minister has asked the civic agency to improve collections of property tax, the mayor said the MCD was working towards it.
“Only 9 lakh properties out of 22 lakh in Delhi pay property tax. We were asked to improve our collections and we are working towards that,” Sain added.