New Delhi: Although less than six months are left in the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections, the Councillors are least bothered about the development work in their respective areas.

Councillors are involved in a cut throat competition to get maximum fund approved from their area but the alacrity is missing when it comes to expediting the development projects.

Six months of present financial year are already gone and 28 Councilors have not even bothered to touch the approved funds.

This year, funds to the tune of Rs 2 crore have been allocated to them under different heads. The amount approved in 2011-12 is four times more than that allocated to the Councillors in the previous financial year.

Under the MCD budget, Rs 50 lakh is allocated for development works, Rs 75 lakh for maintenance works, 25 lakh for ward cleaning and 50 lakh for road maintenance to each of the Councillors.

Rs 1 crore has already been sanctioned to each Councillor to get the development work started.
Based on the records till 31 July, 28 Councilors belonging to the BJP and the Congress have not used a single penny in their respective wards.  

Many Councillors have expressed annoyance over the administrative staff of the MCD for not approving the files of the development projects.

Some Councilors claims that owing to the technical formalities there is no provision of spending funds in their respective wards.

MCD elections are slated to be held in February 2012, hence there is possibility that the Election Commission will provide notification towards the end of the current year. Following which, the funds cannot be utilized for the development projects.

Yogendra Chandolia, Chairman of MCD Standing Committee said that only 20 percent of Councilors have made official confirmation for the development related projects.

JPN/Bureau