MCD budget meeting adjourned
A special meeting of the MCD house on Friday to present the annual budget estimate was disrupted by opposition Congress members.
This is the first time such a thing has happened ever since the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) came into being in 1958.
The Mayor has now convened another meeting on Monday for the presentation of the budget.
As soon as the members assembled, Satvir Sharma, Congress councillor from Kishengarh, wanted to know why, despite an announcement in December that each member would get R50 lakh as additional councilor fund, the administration did not comply with it.
Commissioner KS Mehra replied, “If the proposal to this effect is presented in today’s budget and the House passes it, we will give the funds.”
This, however, did not satisfy the Opposition, who promptly rushed to the well and shouted slogans.
The disruption continued for 50 minutes when an exasperated Yogender Chandolia, chairman of the MCD’s standing committee, stood up and laid the budget document on the house table. Immediately after this, the BJP leaders left the hall.
Heavy traffic was seen on Najafgarh Road, Zakhira flyover, Sarita Vihar underpass, Bawana industrial area, Civil Lines, Rohini, Deoli-Khanpur, and also at Rajgarh Colony in Shahdara area due to religious processions and waterlogging.
The arrival of monsoon was declared on Thursday, when it began raining early in the morning. From 8.30am on Thursday to 8.30am on Friday — the period between the two morning hours is how IMD classifies its 24-hour period — the city recorded 117.2mm. Normally, Delhi records 210.6mm of rain in July. Throughout Friday, there was significantly less rainfall, and the maximum temperature at the Safdarjung weather station (considered representative of Delhi’s) settled at 31.9°C, 2.5 degrees more than Thursday.
Fresh recruitment will be done via an open selection process for these newly converted posts. Those occupying the posts will not qualify to be permanent without participating in the open selections. Officials said that the LG has asked concerned officials to process the filling of vacancies and upgradation at the earliest, unduly pending for years.
The BA.5 is overtaking other Omicron lineage coronaviruses in several parts of the world, reinforcing early signs that it has a growth advantage after having triggered new waves in some regions. Dr Ekta Gupta, professor of clinical virology at Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS), said, “At ILBS, we have reported seven-eight cases of BA.5 so far. This is out of the samples we received from across the city.”
The decisions were taken in the meeting of the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) on Friday at the Delhi secretariat and a government official later said the move was in line with the Arvind Kejriwal government’s larger vision of cleaning the Yamuna.