The development work sanctioned by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has come to a standstill after contractors have refused to take up fresh work.
Work related to repairing of roads, fixing of streetlights and sanitation has stopped
and councillors have been unable to spend a single rupee sanctioned under these three budget heads. The 272 councillors were given Rs 41 lakh each in the current fiscal.
"The contractors who have not been paid for earlier works have refused to take up any new project. This is why more than Rs 100 crore worth of developmental work has not been done," said a senior member of the MCD.
Adding to the contractor’s refusal to work is the MCD’s server problem for the last 23 days, which has affected the e-tendering processes. Earlier, the MCD’s e-tendering services were linked to a borrowed server in Noida.
After a centralised data centre was set up at the MCD headquarters at Minto Road, the transfer of data started on November 24 and it is yet to be completed. Thereby, affecting e-tendering services, informed municipal commissioner KS Mehra.
Several councillors took up the issue at the MCD House meeting at Civic Centre on Monday. The councillors said that due to the problems of e-tendering, several hundreds of works have been stopped.
Mehra assured that work on the server will be over soon and tendering will happen again smoothly.
"E-tendering was launched in 2005 and so far around two lakh tenders have been done online which is a huge achievement. There is a slight glitch at present but it will be sorted out soon," he said.