New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Sheila
Dikshit on Tuesday voiced confidence that around 1,500 unauthorised
colonies will be regularised within the next few months,
paving the way for further planned development in the capital.
Regularisation of such colonies will also put an end to
fears of demolition among the citizens, she said.
Addressing a gathering at the state-level Republic Day
function here, she also said her government has been providing
due attention to providing basic civic amenities in most of
the unauthorised colonies.
She also said the dream of slum-dwellers for permanent
houses is going to be realised soon as the city government has
initiated action for allotment of 15,000 low-cost flats. "This
will go a long way in making Delhi a slum-free capital city."
The Delhi Cabinet yesterday approved a proposal for
provision of civic facilities in unauthorised colonies that
have come up on government land, subject to future decisions
of the Delhi High Court. It said the issue is being referred
to the Lieutenant Governor and the Centre for consideration.
Dikshit had said this is necessary to ensure that
insanitary conditions are not created in these colonies.
Meanwhile, the MCD today dubbed the Delhi government`s
proposed move on provision of basic civic services in
unauthorised colonies was "mere politics".
Yogendra Chandolia, Chairman of MCD Standing Committee,
said the Municipal Corporation of Delhi had sent five
proposals regarding provision of basic civic services in these
colonies since 2007.
"Delhi government paid no heed to these proposals and
kept sitting on them. Now, when MCD has generated its new head
of accounts for provision of budget in the non-plan head for
providing civic services by its own to the unauthorised
colonies, it has perturbed the Congress government in Delhi,
resulting in such statements," he claimed.