With an eye on the upcoming Assembly elections,the South Municipal Corporation on Monday announced the release of non-plan funds of Rs 135 crore.
The decision is crucial for concillors who are tickets hopefuls,as they will now be able to use the funds to start development projects in their respective wards.
According to senior BJP leaders,each councillor has been allotted Rs 1.3 crore to utilise in their wards. With elections approaching,councillors say the funds will help the ticket hopefuls to launch development projects.
We need time to launch projects as it take months just to initiate the tender process. Since elections are expected by the end of this year,this is the time to start development projects before the model code of conduct for elections is issued, Rajesh Gehlot,chairperson of Standing Committee,said.
According to senior leaders,once the date for the elections is announced and the model code of conduct issued,the funds will lapse if councillors dont initiate projects.
Besides the councillors funds,the corporation also released Rs 65 crore for those who have been waiting to receive pension due in the last six months.
Satish Upadhayay,chairman of education committee,said he had issued identity cards with unique numbers to pensioners in his wards. It makes it easy for me to identify and keep track of them, he said.
After the announcement was made,Gehlot said South Municipal Corporation had achieved its revenue targets last year and is committed for excellence. In the next financial year we will work hard to achieve remaining milestones and fulfil our duties towards the residents, he said.
54 parking lots get new tenders
The South Municipal Corporation has allotted 54 parking lots to contractors under new tenders. Ashish Sood,chairman of the remunerative project cell,said under the fresh tenders,the civic body would earn double the income compared to last year. Earlier,the corporation was earning Rs 6 crore form these parking lots. But this year,the corporation has received nearly Rs 13.4 crore from contractors, he said. Under the new tenders,Sood said,contractors will have to follow new parking policy and use hand-held devices to issue parking tickets from May 1.