Projects stuck as officials make sense of trifurcation
The undivided MCD had inaugurated a 500-car parking lot in Chandni Chowk in February this year. But thanks to the civic body’s trifurcation and the resulting procedural wrangles, it has not been thrown open to public yet. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.delhi Updated: Apr 27, 2012 00:53 IST
The undivided MCD had inaugurated a 500-car parking lot in Chandni Chowk in February this year. But thanks to the civic body’s trifurcation and the resulting procedural wrangles, it has not been thrown open to public yet. And this is just the tip of the iceberg.
Several major development projects related to parking, roads and sanitation in the city are witnessing a delay in completion due to uncertainty in the officialdom, which is fully engrossed in the process of trifurcation.
With the split of the city corporation, projects too have been split on the basis of their
locations. According to MCD officials, till the time the finances and policies of each corporation are finalised, projects will remain hanging.
“At present, not even the commissioners of the three corporations have been declared. In such a chaotic situation, work on hundreds of MCD projects is moving slowly or has stopped altogether,” said a senior official.
Schemes that are being delayed include at least 35 parking projects, door-to-door collection of garbage in Shahdara south and Shahdara north, reclamation of landfill sites and work on two grade separators.
Parking projects in areas such as Kamla Nagar, New Friends Colony, Green Park, Greater Kailash I, Model Town and others meant to solve congestion and illegal parking, have been in the making for more than four years.
Apart from bigger projects, repair of roads and school buildings are also pending. In February, the MCD had passed more than a hundred such proposals, but to date none of them has seen the light of day.
Sources said that MCD officials were being reshuffled for the three new corporations; promotions were being given and the workforce was being divided. This meant that officials overseeing the major projects had been changed in the past few weeks, leading to disarray.
An MCD official said the problem was not of finance, but of implementation.
“Funds for bigger projects are provided by the government, so money is not an issue. But with trifurcation and the reshuffling of officials, there is no one in the corporation who is willing to take the proposals forward,” said another official.
Former leader of the House Subhash Arya said it might take another two months for projects to resume.