Tech glitches delay approval of works
The political and executive wings of the MCD are at loggerheads over projects clearance getting delayed due to technical reasons.
A number of municipal councillors have alleged that the online server has not been functioning properly for the past few days, hampering approval of their projects.
As the date for municipal elections has been announced by the state Election Commission, the model code of conduct will come into effect from Monday. So, worried councillors have been visiting the MCD headquarters to get their projects approved.
"I've received complaints from a number of councillors that the server has been down, which is affecting their work badly. The issue was also raised in a meeting of the Works Committee too where the engineer-in-chief had admitted that there was a problem in the server," said Jagdish Mamgain, chairman of MCD's Works Committee.
"A number of projects have been delayed due to these glitches. In fact some of these projects will not be cleared now as the model code of conduct will be in place by Monday," Mamgain added.
However, the executive wing of the civic agency has denied the charges. "Our system has been working fine. There have been no complaints so far," said YS Mann, director, press and information, MCD.
"A number of projects related to restoration of roads and construction have been affected. We have complained to the executive wing a number of times, but there has been no response," said a BJP councillor who did not wish to be named.
"Any project which has to be approved is first sent by the executive engineer. It then goes to the superintendent and then finally reaches the municipal commissioner. It is a long process. With the server down, it becomes difficult to clear the projects," the councillor added.