Civic body allocates Rs 80 lakh each to wards

Councillor doubts completion of works by MC before poll code comes into force

Civic body allocates Rs 80 lakh each to wards

Though the local MC has allocated Rs80 lakh each to councillors for the development of their wards this year, a number of works on the previous lists given to the civic body by the elected representatives are lying pending. - File photo

Sandeep Rana

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, January 16

Though the local MC has allocated Rs80 lakh each to councillors for the development of their wards this year, a number of works on the previous lists given to the civic body by the elected representatives are lying pending.

Unutilised funds

  • In the BJP-ruled MC House, Rs40 lakh was allocated per ward in the first two years. In 2019, the councillors were allocated Rs80 lakh each. In 2020, not even a single penny was allocated due to Covid.
  • The unutilised funds get carried forward for five years. As per the last month’s list, most councillors have huge unspent funds. Among them are Satish Kainth (over Rs1 crore), Farmila (Rs99.05 lakh), Raj Bala Malik (Rs56.39 lakh), Davesh Moudgil (Rs84.91 lakh), Shakti Prakash (Rs84.55 lakh), Heera Negi (Rs76.07 lakh), Jagtar Singh (Rs53.66 lakh) and Arun Sood (Rs50.37 lakh).

It will be a challenge for the corporation to complete these works as the funds will lapse at the end of this year. The next MC elections will be held in November-December this year. The civic body has to complete these works before the model code of conduct comes into force.

About two months ago, the MC had asked all councillors to give their lists of works worth up to Rs40 lakh.

Congress councillor Satish Kainth said: “I had given my lists of works in the past two mayors, but those were not carried out. Even the funds were not fully allocated. I do not think the funds will be utilised this year too.”

“There is a shortage of funds with the MC. Besides, it will take two months for estimates to be ready. Another one month will go in the tendering process. By the time works start or reach midway, the election code of conduct will come into force in November,” he said.

The president of the Seconds Innings Association, a senior citizens’ body, RK Garg, said: “All residents have been suffering due to poor civic amenities for the past two years. Suddenly, the Administration has loosened its purse strings. Is the Administration also in the poll mode?”

Mayor Ravi Kant Sharma said: “We will ensure that all funds are utilised and all pending works are completed this year.”

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