SDMC nod to use coun­cil­lors’ funds to re­pair roads in unau­tho­rised ar­eas

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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.

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