The North Delhi Municipal Corporation Wednesday took strong exception to the Delhi Cabinet’s go-ahead for a system to give online permission for digging up roads in the capital.
The system, expected to be launched later this month, is meant to expedite the process of laying underground water and sewer lines, electric cables and optical fibre network.
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Until now, permissions for digging up roads had to be obtained from either the Public Works Department (PWD), or from the municipal corporations. Members of the Standing Committee blamed the “high-handed approach” of the government in announcing the scheme without consulting the civic bodies. “If government or private agencies dig up our roads, they have to take permission and pay us the cost of repair,” said Standing Committee chairman Parvesh Wahi.
The corporation claimed that government agencies often dig up roads “illegally”, allegedly without the requisite permission from the corporation.