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No graft in conversion charges, says mayor

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

South Delhi mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat on Thursday refuted allegations levelled by Aam Admi Party (AAP) leader Dilip Pandey during a press conference that the collection of conversion charges was ‘illegal’ and the amount collected as conversion charges had been transferred into the general account from escrow account.

She took a strong exception to the language used by AAP leader and advised him to think before speaking. The mayor dismissed the allegations, claiming that the amount collected was in accordance with the provisions of the Master Plan 2021.

“No amount as alleged by AAP leader Dilip Pandey has been transferred to general account from escrow account. There is no misappropriation in the funds of escrow account. It is on the record that an amount of Rs 1,195 crore has been collected by SDMC during last five years in the escrow account out of which Rs 270 crore has been spent on the construction of parking and the remaining Rs 925 crore is still in the escrow account. As per the provision of Master Plan 2021 and escrow account, SDMC is constructing and providing public utility services,” said the mayor.

She made a scatching attack on Pandey. She declared that the AAP leader was totally ignorant and unaware of the facts and not verifying them before leveling allegations.

“The AAP leader is diverting its state government’s failure for not declaring the 351 roads as commercial/ mixed use, by making frivolous and baseless allegations against the corporations,” the mayor claimed.
Sehrawat requested Chief Minister Arvind Kejariwal to instruct his party leaders to avoid leveling sensational charges just to earn headlines in newspapers.

“They must be briefed properly before appearing before media. Their statements as well as language being used have been against acceptable decorum. I hope that the CM will take cognizance of the statements of his party leaders and tell them not cross the line of decency,” said Sehrawat.