Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday slammed the Delhi government. The court warned the Delhi government about negligence in the RRTS project and ordered it to pay its share (Rs 415 crore) by November 28. In a stern reminder to the Delhi government that such negligence cannot be tolerated, the court ordered that the money be diverted from AAP. The government’s advertising budget for this year is so high but there is no money to pay for the project.
The court said the Delhi government had spent Rs 1,100 crore on advertising in the last three financial years. So, “If Rs 1,100 crore can be used for advertising in the last three financial years, surely this amount can be given for infrastructure projects.”
In July, the court had given two months’ time.
Let me tell you that in July, the Supreme Court had given two months to the Delhi government to pay the dues of the Delhi-Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System. The court then said, “Why didn’t the Delhi government comply with the court order? We will freeze your (Delhi government’s) advertising budget. We will attach it and take it here.” On this, the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi today said that it will allocate budget for the RRTS project.
In response, the Supreme Court told the Delhi government’s counsel that it is “bound to direct the funds earmarked for advertisement purposes to be transferred to the concerned project,” LiveLaw reports. The court said it would maintain the injunction for a week. Referring to its April order, the court said the Delhi government had failed to comply with its instructions to pay the balance immediately.
The Supreme Court has advised the Delhi government.
“If such national plans are affected, and if money is spent on advertising, we would say that the money should be spent on infrastructure,” the court said. The court also asked the Delhi government not to beat around the bush on the issue.
In July, the AAP government had said that the Delhi government had told the court that it was facing a shortage of funds due to the scrapping of the Goods and Services Tax Reimbursement Scheme by the BJP-led central government in June 2022. . “The sudden stoppage of GST compensation has put a severe strain on the financial resources of the state government. This has led to a drastic reduction in the availability of funds.
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