New Delhi: The ruling BJP is MCD on Tuesday termed
as "politically motivated" the formation of a panel by Delhi
government to study the possible division of the civic body
and accused it of trying to "weaken" the corporation.
The BJP asked why the Congress-ruled Delhi government set
up yet another committee on the issue after five similar
panels had given recommendations in this matter.
"The Sheila Dikshit government`s move is politically
motivated. Their only aim is to usurp the rights of MCD,"
Yogender Chandolia, the Chairman of the Standing Committee of
the civic agency, said.
The Delhi government, which has been critical of MCD`s
functioning under the BJP, yesterday set up a high-powered
committee to examine possible division of the civic body into
a number of "workable units" to enhance its performance.
The government had in the past set up various
administrative committees to recommend reorganisation of the
civic body but this is for the first time a committee
comprising political leaders has been formed.
The committee will be headed by Finance Minister A K
Walia and its four members are Transport Minister Arvinder
Singh Lovely, PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan and senior BJP
leaders V K Malhotra and Jagdish Mukhi.
"Five panels have been set up so far on issue of MCD
reorganisation. They did not implement their recommendations
and now we have got another panel. Slum department has already
been taken over from us. Today I saw reports that streetlight
maintenance will be given to private discoms. The government`s
intention is not right," said Chandolia.
MCD Works Committee Chairman Jagdish Mamgain said the
formation of the panel just a year before the MCD polls is an
attempt by Congress to "run away" from the election.
"During her tenure Dikshit has already appointed Omesh
Sehgal, Ashok Pradhan, Virender Prakash, Deep Chand Bandhu and
Jagdish Sagar committees. More or less all have recommended
transfer of power from MCD to Delhi government. Why one more
committee? Why the Chief Minister is not trying to get full
statehood for Delhi?" Mamgain asked.
He also said the reported decision to assign maintenance
of streetlights to discoms is "unconstitutional and violation
of DMC Act, 1957".
As per the act, lighting in public streets and public
places is the right given to MCD, he said.
Mamgain said at present MCD has given the maintenance of
its 30,02,60 streetlights to the discoms. Rs 73 per pole is
given to NDPL, BYPL and BRPL for maintenance charges.
"On inspection it was found that more than 30 per cent
poles are non-functional. Their payment was stopped and a
warning was already given to them," he said.
Discoms have already failed in delivering the goods, he
said and smelt a "hidden agenda of providing financial benefit
to private electricity companies" behind the move.