The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has allegedly allowed an NGO to function from the premises of the civic body’s community centre despite opposition by local area councillor and former Delhi mayor Aarti Mehra. It was brought to the notice of the MCD House when Chhatarpur councillor Chandra Kiran Tyagi on Monday claimed that he was being pressurised to grant the space to an NGO, run by a former IPS officer.
“I had written to Aarti Mehra several times, but she claimed that she could not do anything, as she was also under pressure,” said Tyagi. Tyagi, an independent councillor, sought a reply from municipal commissioner KS Mehra and Delhi mayor Prithvi Raj Sahwney on the issue. He went on to further allege that Sawhney also threatened him to give his consent to allow the NGO to function from the premises of the community centre.
“Since 2008, the NGO, which is being run by a former joint commissioner of police, has been permitted to operate from the area,” he added. According to the councillor, it is a clear violation of the rules.
“The recommendation of the local councillor is required for the purpose but that was not obtained. Action should be taken immediately and the community centre should be vacated,” he said. Leader of Opposition Jai Kishan Sharma also joined in and urged the mayor to issue an order for eviction with immediate effect. Later, MCD commissioner KS Mehra assured the House that appropriate action would be taken.