To ensure that absence of an elected government in Delhi does not affect the functioning of ongoing projects, the chief secretary of Delhi government held a series of meetings with all principal secretaries and heads of departments on Sunday.
Delhi Chief Secretary D M Spolia asked all top bureaucrats to complete projects within stipulated time and submit progress reports. Spolia also asked the different government departments to focus on delivery of public services.
Among the projects reviewed by Spolia are present status of Baprola Knowledge Park and the Naraina Industrial Estate.
Secretary, Industries, has been directed to submit a detailed note on the Baprola Knowledge Park and on the management and operation of industrial estates including Naraina Industrial Estate.
For the World Class Skill Centre in Jaunapur — a project undertaken in collaboration with the Singapore government — the chief secretary directed principal secretary, Training and Technical Education, to provide him a status report with specific inputs about the land use.
Meanwhile, the CEO of Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board has been asked to submit a report about allotment of flats for the Economically Weaker Sections.
After being told that the submissions made by the CEO regarding the flats were centred on the eligibility criteria, the Chief Secretary directed that the committee constituted under the supervision of the Urban Development department submit a report on this aspect within two week so that the issue could be placed before the Lt-Governor for a decision.
While the Trade and Taxes department claimed to have collected a record amount of Rs 7483.10 crore in taxes for the financial year 2014-15 — an increase of Rs 362.03 crore from 2013-14 — Spolia expressed his concern on the present status of revenue collection and directed the Revenue, Trade and Taxes, Excise and Transport departments to use serious measures to meet targets. Principle secretary, Education, was asked about the progress of construction 96 school buildings.
Signature Bridge too was brought to Spolia’s notice and directions were sent to the managing director of Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation to penalise the contractor for delay in completion of the project.
The transport body was also directed to complete the project by January, 2015.
Delhi Transport Corporation too has been asked to submit a report on purchase of buses, installation of GPS, re-location of Millennium Bus Depot, construction of new depots, the frequency and monitoring of bus services.