New Delhi: The efforts to develop Municipal Corporation of Delhi as a tech-savvy urban local body have fallen flat. The project under which the Councillors were given laptops has proved a virtual non-starter, as most of them still do not know how to operate them.

It was in 2002 when the then Congress-led MCD had proposed to give laptops to each of its Councillors. The then Standing Committee Chairman Ram Babu Sharma had announced allocation of laptops to Councillors. In 2004, all 134 Councillors of MCD got laptops which were purchased for Rs 68 lakh.

However, after MCD took over the Civic Agency in 2007, the party yet again distributed new laptops to 274 Councillors which increased the financial burden by another Rs 1.27 crore. The MCD Councillors are equipped with laptops for the past seven years but are to use the facility given to them.

Barring a few members, majority of the Councillors have neither shown interest in learning how to operate them nor did the agency came forward for the same.

Since past two MCD budget sessions, Councillors are demanding operators who would use the laptops. As per Councillors there was no use of laptop without a printer or an internet connection.

Whereas it appears that MCD is in no mood to shell out more funds in this context by claiming that it has already spent crores in distributing the laptops.

Councillors have stuck to their demands of getting operators and printers after announcement was made in the Standing Committee meeting recently to implement e-governance in MCD.

According to MCD Commissioner KS Mehra, “E-governance will be implemented soon in the system and we will soon resolve the issue of operating laptops.”

(JPN/Bureau)