June 13, 2009 2:00:54 am
Senior officials of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi met Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna on Friday and sought his intervention in some issues concerning the civic body.
We are facing difficulty in carrying out development work in slum areas due to the scarcity of funds and thereby should be allowed to build up a capital fund by commercial exploitation of slum properties. This has great potential but is not being exploited due to the ban on it, senior MCD officials told the L-G,who agreed in principle on this and assured them that a formal decision would soon be taken on this.
The officials also discussed the issue of the allocation of Rs 2 crore to be used at the discretion of councillors,to which the L-Gs response was that the non-plan fund should primarily be spent project-wise. It should be ensured that there is no misuse of this fund and there should be a balance between expenditure on projects and the discretion of councillors, Khanna told the delegation.
Standing Committee chairman Ram Kishan Singhal also pointed out that the MCD wants to introduce a one-time amnesty scheme to bring property tax-payers who have so far escaped it into the tax net. He said the scheme would be made available for a short duration,after which the MCD will take serious penal action,including the auctioning of defaulting properties.
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The delegation also appraised the L-G on the progress of certain projects,like the setting-up of the special technique hot-mix plant in Delhi and door-to-door collection of garbage.
They highlighted the need for posting two deputy commissioners who have come from the Army as the in-charges of the sanitation improvement programme in the Trans Yamuna Areas and rural areas of Narela and Najafgarh.
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