Civic bodies in the national capital haven’t been able to used half of the funds from the Swachh Bharat Mission for urban development. According to PTI report, Delhi civic bodies and government agencies have not been able to utilise even 50 percent of the funds allotted to them under the Swachh Bharat Mission, a mass campaign to clean up India by 2019.
A report compiled by the Urban Development Department showed that of the Rs 149.86 crore released under the mission until December 31 last year, Delhi’s municipal corporations and government agencies were able to spend Rs 74.87 crore, with nearly the same amount remaining unused by that date.
As per IE report, the North MCD accounts for approximately 78% of the unutilised funds. 62 percent of the funds for solid-waste management, 60 percent of the funds released for capacity building, 46 percent of funds for community toilets, 33 percent for information, education and communication and 25 percent for individual household toilets remain unused. A North MCD official cited two reasons for the unspent funds. “First, a lot of these projects required about 60 days for the money to process. For instance, if there is a publicity campaign on radio, then the money will be listed as spent only after the work gets done. So, a lot of the money has been spent, but it won’t show up. The other problem was paucity of funds. The corporation is supposed to match the amount put in by the Centre. But with the North MCD, for instance, the corporation doesn’t have any money to put in. Managing to find these funds is a big problem for the agency,” the MCD official was quoted as saying by IE.
The funds were disbursed by the Centre in financial years 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 with Delhi government adding its share and releasing the amount to the civic bodies and agencies, an Urban Development Department official said. Since the funds have not been utilised fully, additional funds for the mission were not released for the upcoming financial year, said the official.