New Delhi: All elected BJP members of the three municipal corporations will stage a dharna on Wednesday at the Delhi Secretariat over the AAP government’s “denial” of financial aid to the cash-strapped civic bodies.
All three corporations – North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), and East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) — are led by the BJP and have been seeking help from all avenues after facing financial crunch.
“The elected BJP members of all three municipal corporations would stage a dharna in front of Delhi government Secretariat tomorrow from 11 am to seek release of funds for the civic bodies,” North Delhi Mayor Yogender Chandolia said on Tuesday.
He said after the agitation, all the senior functionaries including mayors, deputy mayors, chairmen of standing committees and leaders of the houses will meet Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung to brief him on the problems faced by the corporations and the “non-cooperative attitude” of the Delhi government on releasing of the funds.
A delegation of mayors of the municipal corporations had recently met Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to seek release of funds but the government denied them any financial aid and instead directed them to approach the Centre for help.
“The NDMC is under a loan of Rs 1,400 crore so we demanded Rs 302 which is part of our global share for the year 2014-15 from the Delhi government. They denied it and claimed that they have adjusted the money in our loan,” Chandolia had said after the meet.
The delegation had claimed that the financial situation of three civic agencies has deteriorated after the trifurcation of the erstwhile unified Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) in 2012.
Kejriwal had told the mayors to carry out municipal reforms to generate more money to overcome the financial crisis.
The three corporations have also been asking to increase their global shares from the Delhi government.
With the debt-ridden EDMC running into losses worth Rs 500 crores, East Delhi Mayor Meenakshi has said that “At the time of trifurcation, the Delhi government had promised an aid to compensate the financial losses but released Rs 335 crore only as a loan”.