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Residents oppose diversion of funds

india Updated: Jul 08, 2011 22:53 IST
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Residents and their elected leaders in the Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) have opposed the transfer of R50 crore from the civic body’s fund for development of Faridabad.

The money was given to the Municipal Corporation of Faridabad (MCF) as loan just ahead of the MCG mayoral election which was held last month.

Last year also, the MCG had given Rs 100 crore to MCF for bailing it out from stalled developmental projects in Faridabad.

Residents said the state government is transferring money from MCG coffers while putting Gurgaon’s development on the back burner.

MCG commissioner Sudhir Rajpal and other officials refused to talk on the issue.

According to MCG sources, R25 crore was transferred before the councillors’ election held on May 15 and the rest amount was given before the June 21 elections of the mayor, senior deputy mayor and deputy mayor.

MCG mayor Vimal Yadav said that the money was transferred deliberately and hastily so that the elected representatives could not create hindrance.

The chairman of the Joint Action Forum of RWAs (Jafra), Ratan Singh, has threatened to launch an agitation against the state government.

“Last year too when MCG transferred R100 crore to MCF, we had met chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in Delhi. Hooda had assured that the money was given as a loan and would be returned to MCG soon. More than one year has passed the money has not come back, instead R50 crore more has been given to MCF,” Singh said.

Last year, the then MCG commissioner RK Khullar had said that since the central government had suspended fundings to Faridabad under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) because of Haryana government’s decision of withdrawing house tax on property owners of Faridabad, a number of developmental projects were left in limbo.