Municipal Corporations were unable to utilise funds allocated under the Centre’s Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) with the NDMC "failing" to spend a single penny out of the Rs.46.28 crore allocated to it, a study report says.
According to ‘Delhi Citizens’ Handbook 2016′ prepared by ‘Centre for Civil Society’, North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) received Rs.46.28 crore under the SBM for 2015-16, but the civic body could not spend a single amount and the entire corpus of these funds is "lying unutilised".
Similarly, South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) managed to spend only 0.25 per cent out of the total received amount of Rs.31.63 crore.
However, out of 4,656 community toilets constructed under the Swachh Bharat Mission, most of them have been constructed by the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB).
The report comes amid sudden rise of Chikungunya and dengue cases. Three persons have died due to Chikungunya while dengue has claimed nine lives so far in the national capital.
"For the financial year 2015-16, the NDMC received Rs.46.28 crore under the SBM. Currently, the entire corpus of these funds is lying unutilised. Out of the Rs.31.63 crore received by the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), only 0.25% (or Rs.7.93 lakh) has been spent," the study report stated.
Under the SBM, the national capital will receive a total of Rs.360.01 crore over the course of the entire Mission Period (Oct 2014-19). As of May 2016, Delhi has received Rs.139.60 crore.
The DUSIB notifies certain areas as slums, where with the passage of time, the buildings have become dilapidated and the basic civic services are missing.
Apart from this, DUSIB has been also assigned the role of looking after the Jhuggie Jhompri Squatter Settlements/Clusters by way of provision of civic amenities and their resettlement too.
DUSIB is not an Urban Local Bodies (ULB) and thus, is not entitled to funds under the SBM. However, the State Mission Directorate has re-allocated funds worth Rs.51 crore by transferring them from the ULB(s) to DUSIB.
However, both NDMC and SDMC said that it is too early to give details of expenditure which will be available only after work orders for different heads like ‘Information, Education and Communication (IEC)’ and sanitation projects are executed.
"We are working on different projects under the SBM.
There are a number of heads under the Swachh Bharat Mission.
Unless the work is complete, it will be difficult to give the exact figure of spending which will be available by the end of this year," said Rajesh Bhatia, Vice Chairman of North Delhi Municipal Corporation.
Shailendra Singh, Chairman of Standing Committee of SDMC said, "It is the initial stage of fund expenditure and it is too early to give details of spending. The details will be available only after work orders for different heads like IEC and sanitation projects are executed."