New Delhi: Prior to the trifurcation of Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), the state government has decided to teach a befitting lesson to its Councilors.

The Delhi government, in its new move, has decided to take over road construction related projects of the legal colonies under the jurisdiction of MCD from the Councilors and hand it over to the legislators.

In a letter to the Urban Development Department, the state government has asked to entrust the MLAs with the responsibility of building roads and footpaths in authorized colonies. However, the maintenance work will remain vested with the MCD itself.

After MCD Commissioner K S Mehra read this letter in a meeting at the Town Hall, Councilors from the BJP and the Congress jointly opposed the decision and created uproar in the MCD House.

The legislators are often left fuming in anger over the issue that despite the availability of funds for the development and maintenance of roads and footpaths, the Councilors fail to expedite their duties. Hinting at inability and failure of the Councilors in carrying out these projects, the Delhi government came forward with this decision.

Both the Congress and the BJP leaders expressed their displeasure on the issue. After the meeting, leader of MCD House Subhash Arya and Congress leader Jai Kishan Sharma criticized the government’s decision and said they will approach Home Ministry and Lieutenant Governor in this regard.

Basically, the Delhi government wants to bring development of colonies under its jurisdiction after trifurcating the MCD. However, the issue is still pending with the Home Ministry.

Earlier, the development and maintenance of colonies was under the MCD.

JPN/Bureau