AAP government, BJP-led MCDs ‘stalling’ civic work in Delhi: Goel

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The “political competitiveness” between the AAP-led Delhi government and the ruling BJP in the municipal corporations is leading to “stalling” of civic work in the city, Congress leader in the NDMC Mukesh Goel today alleged.

MCDAt a press conference here, he also said the execution of municipal projects was “getting delayed” as standing committees and other panels of the three corporations have not been constituted, owing to the Arvind Kejriwal government “not notifying” the newly-drawn municipal zones of the city.

Goel today also wrote to Lt Governor Anil Baijal urging him to “direct” the city government to “notify without delay” the zones so that elections for the different panels could be held.

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“The civic work in Delhi is getting stalled and the reason behind it is the political competitiveness between the AAP-led Delhi government and the ruling BJP in the three corporations,” he wrote in the letter to the Lt Governor.

The Delhi government for “unknown reasons has not notified” the zones, he said.

The senior Congress leader in the letter to Baijal, also appealed to him to “direct the BJP leaders in the civic bodies to constitute all civic-approved committees, special or ad hoc, as soon as possible”.

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“And, till these committees are not formed, a meeting of the municipal house be held every week,” Goel wrote.

The erstwhile Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) was trifurcated in 2012 into North, South and East Delhi Municipal Corporations or NDMC, SDMC and EDMC.

The BJP has been ruling the corporations for the last 10 years.

Meanwhile, North Delhi Mayor Preety Agarwal today also accused the Kejriwal government of “stalling” civic work.

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“We met Delhi Deputy Chief Minister to discuss the zone notification issue but the newly-defined zones are yet to be notified. For two months, municipal work has come to a standstill,” she alleged.

Leader of the Opposition in NDMC from AAP Rakesh Kumar hit back at the BJP, saying “the party (BJP) doesn’t want to discuss the issues of creation of new zones with us.”

“The issue should be brought in the House and discussed,” he said.

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