Despite their floors in the new headquarters of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) not being given the mandatory fire clearance,Leader of MCD House Subhash Arya and chairman of Standing Committee Yogender Chandolia on Monday worked from their offices in the newly built Civic Centre for the first time.
The first six floors of the 28-storey building have not received the No-Objection Certificate (NOC) for fire safety. The MCD had designated the same floors for the political representatives. Aryas office is on the third floor.
The delay in shifting was causing inconvenience to the public,who had to commute between the Civic Centre on Minto Road and the old headquarters the Town Hall in Chandni Chowk in order to meet the various departments of the civic body.
Chandolia has said he will shift permanently to the new address from next week. The Standing Committee meeting hall is yet to get ready,so we may have to keep going to Town Hall for the weekly meetings,but I am shifting next week, said Chandolia.
MCDs ad revenue up by 65% last year
After introducing new reforms in its advertising department,the MCD has finally been able to increase its advertisement revenue by 65 per cent in the last financial year ending on March 31. The MCD is currently earning the maximum advertising revenue per square feet as compared to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and the Railways,the two biggest competitors of the MCD in this regard. The aggregate revenue in the advertisement department has gone up from Rs 42.77 crore during 2009-10 to Rs 70.55 crore in 2010-11.