Lieutenant-governor Tejinder Khanna’s praise for MCD’s e-governance project on Monday prompted the ruling BJP to launch an attack on Sheila Dikshit for nullifying the civic agency’s efforts to bring transparency in the system by pressing on the issue of trifurcation. It asked the chief minister of the Congress government to place the proposal in public domain for discussion.
Khanna appreciated the Municipal Corporation of Delhi’s efforts in implementing e-governance while inaugurating the civic agency’s state-of-the-art meeting hall and the data bank for the project.
BJP councillors questioned the future of the Rs 200-crore e-governance project implemented by MCD. “We worked a lot on making e-governance a reality. If the corporation is divided into three parts, what will happen to this project? We will have to start from the scratch. While the BJP is trying to make MCD transparent, efficient and accountable, the CM is trying to nullify our efforts,” said Delhi mayor Rajni Abbi.
Recently, Dikshit requested Union home minister P Chidambaram to expedite the trifurcation process. After the meeting, a confident CM said a decision would be taken in 10-15 days.
But Vijender Gupta, councillor and president of the state BJP, termed the move “politically motivated”. “Dikshit has a destructive and negative mind while MCD is positive in its approach. Trifurcation is going to weaken the civic agency. How can she decide on behalf of Delhiites? She should bring the issue in public domain and allow a discussion. We should know what people of Delhi think about the issue.”
On Monday, close to 71 applications went online, including six under the service-level agreement (SLA). The data bank will process data from nearly 2,275 units (schools, dispensaries, zonal offices, hospitals, etc). “Our aim is to make MCD a paperless organization. In the days to come, all documentation will be done online. We are in the process of making a lot of applications online. Soon, people will be able to get building plans sanctioned online and that too in a time-bound manner,” said a senior MCD official. The data centre will be functional 24×7.