In what can only be described as negligence to plan for city’s development, six of 26 elected councillors have spent less than 50% of their ward development fund of Rs 40 lakh each, last year till December 31. This is even as the condition of the wards has deteriorated on all parameters.
Three from the BJP, two from the Congress and one from the BSP are among the six worst spenders in 2015. In the five-year term, the councillors get Rs 40 lakh every year, which is carried forward and 2016 as the last year of the term. Expenditure of the ward development fund is under discretion of the area councillor.
Former senior deputy mayor Rajesh Gupta has spent just Rs 13 lakh out of total Rs 73, while BSP councillor Jannat Jahan has spent Rs 21 lakh of Rs 65 lakh. Congress councillor Sheela Devi has spent 16 lakh of total Rs 46 lakh.
Jagdish Singh Sarpal, the general secretary of the resident welfare association, Sector 33 A (the sector that comes under the ward represented by Rajesh Gupta) says, “It is unfortunate that our area councillor has neglected our ward as compared to Sector 20, which is also represented by Gupta. We have lodged a complaint regarding non-functional streetlights several times, but nothing has happened. The area councillor is not even available to the residents, he said.