BJP opposes proposed development fee on unauthorised colonies
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Last Updated: Friday, February 04, 2011, 21:19
New Delhi: Taking strong exception to Delhi government's proposal for levying Rs 200 per sq metre as development fee on unauthorised colonies, state BJP on Friday accused it of enacting a "drama" on the issue of regularising these settlements.

The party's state unit also announced that it would hold a demonstration in front of the Delhi Secretariat in protest against the proposal on Monday.

"Bharatiya Janata Party strongly opposes the imposition of development fee and fraud in the name of regularisation of unauthorised colonies by the Delhi Government," Delhi BJP chief Vijender Gupta said.

He said if the government's intentions are good it should immediately approve a package of Rs 10,000 crore for the development of unauthorised colonies and provide relief to the people living in apalling conditions.

The residents of unauthorized colonies have been paying for water connection and sewer charges besides power connection. Now they have been asked to deposit 50 rupees per sq mtr for approval of map also which is not justified, he alleged.

"Delhi government is only playing a drama of regularising the unauthorized colonies, it has not taken any concrete step for regularisation," he alleged.

The BJP chief was responding to reports that a GoM of the Delhi government has decided to impose a fee of Rs 200 per sq metre for regularising the colonies. This amount will be used to lay roads and provide street lights.

"33 per cent of the people of Delhi living in J J Colonies, slum areas are suffering due to the Congress misrule," he alleged.

Meanwhile, BJP activists led by Gupta, staged a demonstration outside the American Embassy to protest radio-tagging of Indian students by Tri Valley University in the US.

"Indian students in America are not criminals that they should be treated like this. This is condemnable," Gupta said. They also submitted a memorandum to the Ambassador.


First Published: Friday, February 04, 2011, 21:19

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