SEEK APPROVAL BEFORE TAKING NEW PROJECTS, ADMN TELLS MC
CHANDIGARH: The municipal corporation will now have to take prior approval of the UT administration before undertaking any new development work.
The condition was laid down by the administration on Monday while approving MC’s revised estimates for 2019-20 and budget estimates for 2020-2021.
In the budget approval letter to the MC, the administration directed, “₹67 crore are expected to be available with the MC for development works, so MC should identify capital/revenue works to this extent only and submit the details of such projects before actually undertaking any.”
“Many of the development works are going to suffer because of paucity of funds this year. No new project is likely to be started. Works like changing of the defunct storm and sewerage lines, and even works under the ward development funds are likely to be adversely impacted this year,” said a senior MC official requesting anonymity.
Capital works already started in the earlier years need to be given priority for completion in this financial year before undertaking any other work, the administration has further directed.
The new administration order, however, will have no impact on road re-carpeting work in the city. “Road re-carpeting will be made possible because of a special grant that the UT had issued in March. Work on last year’s pending road re-carpeting project has started. This financial year’s road re-carpeting work will start after monsoon,” said the official.
In March this year, the UT had approved a special grant of ₹132 crore for the MC to help complete its pending projects.
Meanwhile, UT has decided against levying a 20% cut in the committed grant for the MC in the first quarter. The Centre had asked all departments to cutback on their first quarter spending by 20% in the wake of the outbreak. UT will absorb the 20% cut at its own level instead.