A year before civic elections, municipal corporations have introduced waivers and rebates in property tax, set up open gyms in parks and inaugurated new schools. Their efforts to woo voters continued Wednesday, with the North Delhi Municipal Corporation announcing another scheme.
The standing committee of the corporation passed a proposal to allocate Rs 25,000 per Resident Welfare Association (RWA), to 20 RWAs in a ward, for developmental work. The funds will be given to the RWAs after the submission of a “request letter”, as well as a list of development/repair work that has been verified by their councillor.
The finance department has noted that the North MCD — with 104 wards — will need approximately Rs 208 lakh to implement the proposal. It has also said since the civic body “is facing a serious financial crisis, the department may advise to reconsider the proposal to draw such a huge amount.”
With austerity measures in place, the North MCD is not in the best financial condition, but members insist such a scheme is essential to “speed things up for the corporation.”
To implement the scheme, an initial fund of Rs 2 lakh per ward will be parked with the executive engineer of the area.
Standing Committee chairman Parvesh Wahi, who first moved the proposal in 2014, said that for developmental and repair work involving such amounts, “departmental procedures sometimes take four to five months.” “Once the RWAs have the power to get this done on their own, things will move faster,” he said.
According to the proposal document, the works will be awarded as per the consent of the area councillor and the overall expenditure has to be within the allocated budget of Rs 25 lakh per ward.