‘Seek Delhi govt nod before using funds in regularised colonies’

Councillors upset as civic body rule restricts use of funds for regularised colonies.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:May 28, 2013 12:59 am

Senior councillors are up in arms against officials of South Municipal Corporation for not officially declaring that they could use their funds for development in regularised colonies.

The move,which was finalised in the previous standing committee meeting and followed up with a meeting with Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

In the meeting with the CM,councillors were assured that they will be allowed to use the funds for development in regularised colonies.

On Tuesday,they were told that it they can use development funds in regularised colonies only after getting permission from the Delhi government.

Furious over the reply of commissioner Manish Gupta,both BJP and Congress councillors warned the commissioner that if orders are not passed for using the funds by June 10,the date on which house will be convened,they would move a no-confidence motion.

Rajesh Gehlot,standing committee chairman,said: “We all met the CM and now that 312 colonies have been given status of regularised colonies,we were told that we can use our budget in these colonies. We have kept budget of Rs 50 crore in non-plan funds to be used in these colonies and now we are told it depends on Delhi government,” Gehlot said.

The commissioner,however said there are rules which cannot be overlooked and permission is to be sought from Delhi government.

“GNCTD may commence the development work in public interest in colonies soon after receipt of layout plans if it is satisfied that the colonies or part thereof fulfil the general principles contained in revised guidelines 2001,” the rule says.

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