North body joins sops war with Rs. 700 cr projects
Close on the heels of the Sheila Dikshit government regularising over 900 illegal colonies, the BJP-led North Corporation, it seems, has joined the sops war ahead of the assembly elections scheduled to be held next year, HT reportsUpdated: Sep 05, 2012 01:34 IST
Close on the heels of the Sheila Dikshit government regularising over 900 illegal colonies, the BJP-led North Corporation, it seems, has joined the sops war ahead of the assembly elections scheduled to be held next year.
The civic body is gearing up to appease voters by expediting Rs. 700 crore worth of projects that have been pending for the past several years.
These projects include 14 school buildings, 13 community halls, three parking projects, five road-under-bridges, one market at Ashok Vihar and a grade separator at Rani Jhansi road.
There are also plans to complete the construction of nine medical clinics and buildings at a budget of Rs. 32 crore.
Ravinder Gupta, chairman of works committee, North Corporation, said that the works committee recently held a review meeting in which all big projects under the municipal body were discussed.
“Many of the projects will be completed by December 2012, and by March next year all of them are expected to be completed except for the Rani Jhansi Road grade separator,” said Gupta.
Many of the projects were started about five years ago when the BJP came to power in the unified MCD.
However, due to multiplicity of authorities and lack of funds, the projects have been dragging at a snail’s pace.
The parking projects, which were to be completed before the 2010 Commonwealth Games, are still awaiting completion.
One of the most cost-intensive projects is the construction of 14 school buildings, which will come up at a cost of Rs. 108 crore.
Then there are five road-under-bridges for which Rs. 89 crore have been sanctioned.
To woo the voters, the corporations are also trying to expedite the process of payment of pensions and beautification of parks.
Recently, the BJP leaders of North Corporation requested the executive wing to recruit more gardeners so that parks can be improved.