New Delhi: The fund received by the MCD councillors for developing their respective wards before March 31 went down the drain as they showed slipshodness in executing the work in time.

On February 21, the finance department of the MCD had sanctioned Rs 1.55 crore to each councillor for development work in their respective wards.

The councillors had even made list of work, conducted surveys and consulted engineers for the implementation but due to the departmental delay and lethargic attitude of the top officials, more than 67 per cent of the fund went unutilized.

Observing such possibility, Dainik Jagran had published a report in this regard on March 16.

The issue created much uproar in a meeting between the Standing Committee and Construction Committee of the MCD held on the last day of the financial year at the Town Hall.

The councillors said that due to crashing of the server they could not book the projects. When asked to give a clarification on lapses of fund by Standing Committee Chairman Yogender Chandolia, MCD commissioner K S Mehra said, he did not have any information.

However, he admitted that due to technical lapses this happened.

It should be noted that the MCD had earmarked Rs 1.55 crore to be spent by each of the 272 councillors on February 14.

After a week, on February 21, the accounting and finance department provided Rs 421 crore to the budget and passed it.

Construction Committee Chairman Jagdish Mamgai also expressed his concern over the issue and said that every councillor will have to face the music.

The MCD elections are scheduled in 2012. It should be noted that the councillors had received Rs 50 lakh to carry development work and expressing their unhappiness over the allocation, the councillors were demanding for more funds for a long time.

JPN/Bureau