DDA like an elephant, too slow for Delhi: Dikshit

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday slammed Delhi Development Authority (DDA) by calling it a "closed system" and an "elephant"

New Delhi: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday slammed Delhi Development Authority (DDA) by calling it a "closed system" and an "elephant" which cannot match the pace at which the capital is moving ahead.

"DDA has become like an elephant which cannot ride, it
cannot move. And when it moves, it is so slow that it cannot
catch up with the pace at which Delhi is moving ahead," she

Her comments came at a function where she released a
study "Urbanizing India and Mega Metro Network: Vision for the
Emerging cities of India -- 2030" conducted by ASSOCHAM.

Criticising DDA`s style of functioning, she said, "In a
city which you can see growing almost by the hour, how can you
have a plan which will go on for 20 years? In 20 years, the
city would have moved on and your plan would have remained as
it is.

"Funds are not a problem as the Centre and the Prime
Minister have been liberal in allocation of funds. What we are
lacking is skilled development and implementation. Management
of the funds is very very poor," she said.

Alleging lack of intention to execute policies, she
said in private sector, work is done in a a stipulated time
but the "sarkari ways are too long and tedious.

"If we have failed to give the labourer a place to stay,
how can you blame the poor for the growing slums?" she said.

She also said her government has decided to enlarge the
basket of services under the Citizens` Charter from 47 to
97and introduce 10,000 low-floor buses to make the capital one
of the best cities in the world.

"We should be able to build two to three lakh houses for
economically weaker sections, 20,000 of which have already
been done," she said.

Developing housing structures for the city’s burgeoning
population has been a challenge for policy makers, Dikshit

Terming land laws as "archaic", she said, "the supply has
not kept up with the rising demand. We must change land laws
and building laws which were made in 1895."

While talking about developing mass transport systems in
the city, Dikshit said "Delhi has 70 lakh vehicles while 10
lakh more come in every day from surrounding cities."

Urging the civil society to change its attitude towards
the city`s development, Dikshit said "If we are not able to
change our vision as a civil society, work will remain half