SDMC nod to use councillors’ funds to repair roads in unauthorised areas
NEWDELHI:The South Delhi Municipal Corporation passed a resolution on Wednesday allowing its councillors to use their ‘area development fund’ to repair roads and drains in unauthorised colonies.
The resolution, however, can be implemented only after the Delhi government withdraws the existing guidelines and notifies new rules. “The unauthorised colonies fall in the jurisdiction of Delhi government and without their permission we can’t do anything,” an SDMC official said.
The resolution, if implemented, will help at least 42 councillors, who as per estimates have over 80% unauthorised areas in their wards. They were repeatedly demanding approval of the proposal.
“As of now, these councillors are not allowed to use their funds for repair of roads, drains and cleanliness in these colonies due to which the condition of unauthorised colonies have deteriorated. Also, the complaints received from the general public could not be resolved, raising questions over the role of area councillors,” said Kamaljeet Sehrawat, mayor, SDMC.
“The proposal will help us in extending basic services to these areas as there are around 938 such colonies under the jurisdiction of South Corporation,” said Sehrawat.
These works had earlier been executed by the concerned agencies of Delhi government.
Last year, the civic agency sought permission from Delhi government for doing repair works in such colonies. “In reply, a circular was issued by the department of urban development, Delhi government, stating that the work can be done only after receiving NOC from the executing agencies. But the process was taking lot of time and in many cases department was not granting permission at all,” said senior SDMC official.
To avoid this situation, SDMC has passed a resolution. “Now, we just need to intimate the agencies concerned about the project,” said the official.