BJP leaders told to showcase development work done in last five years before MCD polls
Ahead of the April 23 civic polls, the Delhi unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has asked its senior municipal leaders to showcase to the people the achievements of the three corporations in the last five years.MCD Elections 2017 Updated: Mar 31, 2017 00:00 IST
Ahead of the April 23 civic polls, the Delhi unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has asked its senior municipal leaders to showcase to the people the achievements of the three corporations in the last five years.
Talking about their performance at a press meet, East Delhi Municipal Corporation mayor Satya Sharma, standing committee chairman Jitender Chaudhary and leader of house Sanjay Jain on Thursday said that the civic agency had made optimal use of the limited resources at its disposal despite sustaining severe losses.
“We have added facilities in the field of health, education, environment and sanitation. This includes opening a 120-bed maternity centre, private block (with 40 rooms) and nursing centre (20 people trained in first batch) at Swami Dayanand hospital, Dilshad Garden, apart from opening three integrated dispensaries with provision for homeopathic, allopathic and Ayuvedic treatments,” standing committee chairman Jitender Chaudhary said.
According to former mayor Harsh Malhotra, the east corporation had started computer labs in 325 out of 398 primary schools under its jurisdiction. Out of 224 school buildings, concrete structures have been made at 212.
“Even in crisis, we waived property tax on residential properties up to 50 square yards. If we are voted to power again, we may exempt people from paying conversion charges as well,” leader of house Sanjay Jain said.
East Delhi has a population of 40 lakh people, which includes people living in 90 approved, 19 slums, 253 unauthorised regularised, 257 regularised, 43 rural villages and 23 urban villages. “We receive no property tax from 70% of the unplanned colonies. Yet, we are dedicatedly working for the overall development of east Delhi,” mayor Satya Sharma said.
According to her, the civic agency has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Highways Authority to use 80% of solid waste from Ghazipur landfill for widening of NH 24.
Out of the three municipal corporations in city, the east corporation is worst off financially and has been battling a crisis ever since the formation in 2012. The corporation has failed to pay the salaries of its employees for three to four months at a stretch, leading to repeated strikes by sanitation workers in the last two years.
The civic body blames the Delhi government for its existing crisis.
“Due to the non-cooperative attitude of the Delhi government and non release of funds as per recommendations of the third and fourth Delhi finance commission, the corporation is running in losses. The state government owes us Rs 5,000 crore,” said Jain.
The south and north corporations are expected to hold similar press meets in the coming days.