Impasse over govt formation spells trouble for civic projects in city
The implementation of the model code of conduct before the Delhi assembly elections had put a stop to the distribution of pension. Now, delay and uncertainty in government formation has put all development work on the back burner.india Updated: Dec 21, 2013 00:12 IST
The implementation of the model code of conduct before the Delhi assembly elections had put a stop to the distribution of pension. Now, delay and uncertainty in government formation has put all development work on the back burner.
The Bharatiya Janata Party-led three municipal corporations in the Capital have said that construction and repair of roads has been hit the most as they are yet to receive any funds due to the impasse.
The North corporation is still awaiting payment of Rs134 crore that should have been disbursed in July. While the situation in the south corporation is slightly better, they are waiting for the Rs 196 crore under the plan for December. The standing committee chairman of the east corporation, Sanjay Surjan, said they were yet to receive approximately `130 crore.
“Our executive wing has written several letters to Delhi government officials but so far the situation hasn’t changed,” said Mahender Nagpal, leader of the north corporation.
The legislative wing of the corporation also called the Lt. Governor of Delhi on Friday to apprise him of the situation.
While work on bigger roads has been taken over by the Public Works Department (PWD), it is the duty of the civic agencies to look after the colony roads, which are in a bad shape.
“We have not been able to pay the contractors and such delay will lead to development work coming to a complete halt. New projects are simply not being taken up in many areas,” said a senior north corporation official.
Delhi government officials, on the other hand, attributed the delay to the lack of any clarity over government formation. “There are a number of infrastructural projects that are getting delayed due to the political impasse. We hope that things will become clear in the coming days,” added the official.
First Published: Dec 21, 2013 00:08 IST