Mayor urges PM to make MCD nodal body for Commonwealth Games
New Delhi, JulY 28 (UNI) Delhi Mayor Arti Mehra today said Municipal Corporation of Delhi which is the prime civic agency in the capital, should be appointed the nodal agency for creating infrastructure of the Commonwealth Games and demanded a fund of Rs 5000 crore earmarked for the purpose.
In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Ms Mehra said it was disheartening that MCD's claim had been ignored.
She pointed out that during the Asian Games in 1982, the MCD took upon itself the responsibility of building up infrastructure.
Considering its vast experience in the field, she said the MCD should be playing the apex role in building infrastructure. For the purpose, an allocation of Rs 5000 crores should be made, so that the agency could exclusively develop the requisite infrastructure for the games, she said.
Ms Mehra also said the MCD had been playing an important role in uplifting the underpriviledged sections of society and stressed that it should be recognised as a centre of employment at national level. ''Every year, lakhs of people migrate to Delhi in search of jobs, and they have to be provided with civic amenities,'' she said.
She urged the Prime Minister to intervene to ensure that the MCD was allocated substantial funds under the Jawahar Lal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission.
She called upon Dr Singh to allocate new landfill sites as the three existing ones in Bhalaswa, Okhla and Gazipur were full to the capacity. The Mayor also pointed that the agency was facing a problem with regard to paucity of senior officers at the level of Additional Commissioner and Deputy Commissioner and said these officers should be made available to the civic body without delay.