Senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and chief spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj on Wednesday said that the BJP is trying to completely “loot” the municipal corporations before going to the upcoming election as it has announced a hike in councillor fund from Rs 50 lakhs to one Crores;
Bhardwaj said that the AAP wants to know how can the BJP ruled Corporations increase the councillor fund from Rs 50 lakhs to one Crores at a time when they claim that they do not have money to pay the salaries of their own employees.
“The Delhi High Court has also observed that the municipal corporations of Delhi should look into curtailing the expenses and the benefits given to the senior officials of the corporations. There are various posts in the BJP ruled municipal corporation like the deputy mayor or the chairman of the standing counsel who gets a lot of benefits like transportation expenses, cars and others. So at one side, the corporation claims that they do not have money to pay the salaries of their employees and on the other side yesterday they have increased the funds for the councillors. Earlier they increased this fund from Rs.25 lakhs to Rs.50 lakhs and now it has become Rs.1 crores," he further added.
"The audit report has noted very carefully that there are a number of examples of projects where it is doubtful the way the BJP ruled MCD has executed those projects. The audit report has also noted that in the name of execution of these doubtful projects the BJP ruled MCD has spent lakhs and lakhs of money,” he said.
All these examples are from engineering department where the report has observed that in the similar projects of Rs 55 lakh, Rs 39 lakh, Rs 25 lakh, Rs 25.85 lakh, Ra 16.93 lakh, Ra 16 lakh and Rs 13.21 lakh have been done.
The audit report has also observed that in most of the cases the BJP ruled MCD has bought the material which is used to build the upper layer of the road before the material which is used to build the base of the roads, he added.
In reality, this is impossible because nobody can build a road like this.
First, the base of the road should be built and then the upper layer should come but according to the report in most of the cases the BJP ruled municipal corporation of Delhi has done absolutely opposite of this. It clearly shows that these projects have never taken place?"