Delhi CM faces protest over water scarcity

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Friday faced angry protesters who showed black flags to her over scarcity of water in Kapashera area in South West Delhi.

Updated: Apr 12, 2013, 21:16 PM IST

New Delhi: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Friday faced angry protesters who showed black flags to her over scarcity of water in Kapashera area in South West Delhi.

The protesters were supported by BJP MLA from Palam Dharam Deo Solanki who accused Dikshit of not providing water to the people in the area despite repeated plea.

The Chief Minister accompanied by Revenue Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely had gone to the area to inaugurate a renovated office of sub registrar where people will be able to get their properties registered on the same day of filing of application through online transaction.

BJP MLA from Bijwasan also joined the protesters later and criticised the Delhi Government for "failing" to provide water to residents of Palam and Bijwasan during the last 15 years despite many assurances.

"I had written around 16,000 letters to the Chief Minister and the Government seeking water but to no avail," said Rana.

In the budget session of Delhi Assembly earlier this month, Solanki had rushed to the Speaker to tender his resignation protesting non-availability of water in Palam but his party colleagues had prevented him from doing so.

Speaking at the function, the Chief Minister attacked the BJP for "opposing" people-friendly initiatives of her government.

"Their criticism is baseless and imaginary. The residents of Delhi are well aware about their disruptive intentions and they would give a befitting reply in time to come," she said, cautioning BJP not to "politicise" developmental issues.

Slamming the BJP MLAs, Lovely accused the opposition party of creating hurdles in initiating developmental activities and said they should not have disrupted the inauguration of the `e-sub-registrar` office which will facilitate online registration of properties.

The system will be highly secured as proper audit trail and cross verification of transaction would be ensured. Officials said the online system will ensure transparency and eliminate the role of middlemen in the registration process.

An official said under the new system, each applicant will have to come to the sub-registrar office with a pre-fixed appointment. The appointment can be taken online by accessing the website of the Revenue department.

The registered documents will be delivered to the applicant the very same day and in case their documents are rejected, they will be informed in writing on the same day.

Dikshit said the new office would ensure transparency, efficiency and accuracy in property registration process.

"Delhi has become a role model in the field of computerised property registration process. The new system has done away with the long-waiting period and procedural wranglings," she said. Online registration of properties have already been launched in sub registrar offices in Mehrauli, Rohini and Vivek Vihar.

The facility is being extended in sub-registrar offices in Nangloi, Geeta Colony, Janakpuri, Libaspur, Majri and Bhalswa. Officials said by end of the current year, the facility will be made available in all sub registrar offices.

Listing achievements of her government, Dikshit said development activities carried out in the last 14 years are visible across the city and Delhi was getting close to become one of the best world city.

While referring to shortage of water supply in certain areas, she said the government has been trying to get water from Munak canal which would facilitate production of additional 90 MGD water per day to provide relief to large number of residents.