Babus to feel the heat over delayed projects

MCD officials to upload progress online

The Delhi government on Friday tightened its noose around tardy municipal corporation babus. 

Chief Secretary Sanjay Kumar Srivastava called a meeting of commissioners of all the three municipal corporations and asked them to prepare and submit a detailed report on functioning and accountability of the officials. 

They have been asked to upload the details of the ongoing projects online with the names of the officials concerned..

“This will bring transparency in the functioning of municipal corporations. If any project has been delayed, the officials will have to upload the reason and the expected time of completion of the project,” a senior Delhi government official said.

The online recognition to the babus will not only bring transparency but also fix accountability. The delayed projects without any proper reason will lead to a departmental enquiry against the official concerned, he said.

Many municipal corporation projects, such as Rani Jhansi Road flyover, which has been delayed for the past nine years, never met the deadline and no official has been found accountable for the delay.

The commissioners of East, North and South Corporations have been asked to upload every local development and other work.

Sanitation, garbage disposal, desilting, animal control, fogging during the season of mosquito breeding, demolition of illegal construction and action on illegal vendors are also likely to be included in the online scheme.

“Residents will be able to know about the functioning of municipal corporations throu­gh the websites as the developments will be uploaded on an as-it-happens basis,” he added.

Scores of MCD projects that were supposed to be completed before the Commonwealth Games 2010 have not been initiated yet. Projects as construction of 24 underground parking lots across the city, construction of a number of foot over-bridges, scores of modern public toilets and many more have repeatedly skipped the deadlines after the CWG.

“The official concerned will have to explain the reason for skipping deadlines and delay in all these projects, which will be uploaded online,” the official added. 

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