In a frenzy to clear projects before the election code of conduct kicks in on Monday,the BJP-led MCD passed 54 projects to the tune of Rs 160 crore in a span of just 15 minutes on Saturday.
Nearly 60 proposals were tabled in the Standing Committee meeting. While six projects were postponed,the remaining were given the nod without any discussion.
These projects were listed on the agenda. Some of the additional projects were introduced at the last moment. All these proposals are for development projects. We had to pass them urgently over the weekend as the poll code will come into effect on Monday, said Standing Committee Chairman Yogendra Chandolia.
More than half of the Rs 160 crore was sanctioned for road and drainage works. Targeting the urban voters,the Committee approved a majority of these projects in the up-scale area of South Delhi.
A road strengthening project to the tune of Rs 50 lakh was approved in Block A,B,C and D of Lajpat Nagar. Around Rs 5 crore has been sanctioned for construction and maintenance of Mathura Road.
In Defence colony,Rs 4.89 crore has been approved for maintenance of roads and Rs 58 lakh for drainage development. Apart from this,the meeting passed a multi-level automated parking lot plan at Defence Colony. Another Rs 40 lakh has been reserved for roads in Rajouri Garden and Moti Nagar. Around Rs 4.97 crore has been sanctioned for the roads under Central Zone.
If this wasnt enough,the MCD also approved 20 road renaming projects.
The councillors,too,are working round-the-clock,taking part in inaugural ceremonies across the city. Over 500 inauguration and foundation-laying ceremonies have been organised over the last two days. Since the day the Election Commission announced dates for the municipal polls,councillors have been busy with inaugural ceremonies. Each councillor is inaugurating three projects a day, said BJP councillor Vijay Prakash Pandey.
Pandey was present at the inauguration of the First Naturopathy Hospital in Delhi. Health Committee Chairman Dr Vijay Monga also attended a series of inaugural ceremonies on Saturday. We need to put in a lot of time,energy and money into the campaign. There is just two days for the code of conduct to come into force. I have a few inauguration ceremonies to attend in my ward before that, he said.