MCD claims to have built 60 new classrooms last year

New Delhi, Jan 11 (PTI) The MCD, which has been rapped bythe Delhi High Court for running several schools in tents,today claimed that it has built 60 classrooms in eight monthsfrom April last year and work is on to construct 2433 more.

"From April 1 to November 30, 2010, 13 school buildingswere completed and 60 classrooms constructed. Work is inprogress in 154 schools with 2433 new classrooms," MCD WorksCommittee Chairman Jagdish Mamgain said, presenting the2011-12 budget for the committee at a meeting of the StandingCommittee of the civic body.

Chairmen of Education and Health Committees and theDepartment of Environment Management Services also presentedtheir budgets at the meeting of the key panel. MunicipalCommissioner K S Mehra had unveiled the MCD budget for nextfiscal in early December.

The Works Committee Chairman said the civic body willfocus on tackling all shortcomings in ensuring permanentstructures for students of MCD primary schools. The High Courthad recently rapped MCD for not being able to provide puccabuildings for many of its schools and running them in tents.

Mamgain said eight new community centres were constructedby the civic body while work was in progress on 19.

He also said the focus of Engineering Department will beon pot-hole free roads. To increase revenue, two commercialcomplexes and parkings to be constructed on build-operate-transfer basis have been proposed.

On the city''s tallest building, the Dr Shyama PrasadMukherjee Civic Centre housing the MCD''s new headquarters, hesaid 80 per cent of the executive wing has already shiftedthere and the rest housing the deliberative wing will beshifted by mid-February.

"There is a proposal of redevelopment of zonal officebuilding at Najafgarh, Sadar Paharganj and West Zones,sub-zonal office building at R K Puram and old Kashmiri Gate.

"Two major commercial complexes at Idgah and Jhandewalan,two hospital buildings at Lajpat Nagar and Fatehpuri Beri, andredevelopment plan for the area near Jama Masjid and CivicCentre have been proposed," he said.

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