Staff Reporter

Commissioner’s absence flayed

Fiscal details for 2006-2007 sought

NEW DELHI: After a long time, a meeting of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi Standing Committee proceeded peacefully on Wednesday with pending issues finally seeing the light of day.

The members of the Standing Committee also expressed strong disapproval of Municipal Commissioner Ashok Nigam’s absence from the meeting without prior intimation.

Apprising members of the civic body’s preparations to comply with the guidelines of the Master Plan for Delhi-2021, Additional Commissioner Naresh Kumar said: “The MCD has been allotted three responsibilities as per the new Master Plan. It has to chalk out a re-development plan for the special zones (Karol Bagh, unauthorised colonies and rural population areas comprising over 300 villages), re-assess and notify the 2,083 roads according to the directive of the Supreme Court Monitoring Committee, and re-design the industrial estates. Until the Delhi Development Authority formulates a zonal plan for these areas, the MCD cannot initiate its plans for redevelopment.”

Accusing MCD officials of botching up records for the number of dengue patients in hospitals, BJP councillor from Timarpur Surender Chaudhary said: “Used vehicle tyres are strewn all over my ward and mosquitoes are breeding profusely in them. There are several patients down with dengue in my ward yet the officials are unwilling to take remedial action.”

However, Assistant Commissioner (Health) K. D. Akolia said: “Our malaria staff and domestic breeding workers are working to check mosquito breeding in all the zones. But the tyre menace does not come under our purview; it is the responsibility of the Deputy Commissioner concerned.”

Standing Committee chairman Vijender Gupta also demanded an explanation for the callous and off-the-record issuance of “Stop Work Notices” to construction organisations. He said several contractual junior engineers were issuing notices without any machine number or despatch number that was required to be printed on them. This provided ample scope for corrupt JEs to accept monetary reimbursement in lieu of discarding a Stop Work Notice issued against contractors for unauthorised constructions. The issue will be taken up in the next meeting in the presence of the Municipal Commissioner.

Mr. Gupta also demanded the fiscal details for the year 2006-2007 that ended in March and whose report was supposed to have been filed by June this year. He said over 80 per cent of the civic body’s funds were spent for administrative purposes. Since no report was as yet available, he mooted the formation of a three-member ad-hoc committee comprising councillors Meera Agarwal and Rajani Abbi, and J. K. Sharma to look into last years financial report.

The Standing Committee also decided to blacklist and debar the contractors running the mid-day meal kitchens in schools where mid-day meals were found to contain worms.