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Dikshit disappointed over the quality of life led by majority

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 19:06

New Delhi: She may have ruled Delhi for
over 11 years on the trot but Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit is
not satisfied with the quality of life led by the majority of
people in the city as she said it was a matter of "shame" to
have lakhs of shanties in the national capital.

Speaking at a seminar here today, Dikshit expressed her
strong disappointment over tardy decision making process, lack
of responsiveness on the part of administration and the
archaic rules and legislations affecting governance.

"It is a matter of shame that in the capital city of
India we do have people who live in shanties. Over four
hundred thousand people live in shanties. We do have people
who sleep on pavements," the Chief Minister said.

Noting that five lakh people come to the city every year
from other states, she said providing basic amenities to these
people have become a huge challenge for her government.

"It is a huge contrast when you see shanties next to a
huge building..when you see shanties in Luyten`s zone... I
have a sprawling house built in a two-acre land. It has
beautiful gardens. I use just one bed room and use two rooms
to see my visitors. Rest is just unutilised. Is that fair, is
it equitable," she wondered at the conference organised by
London Business School.

To explain archaic rules, she gave the example of the
regulation under which one has to plant 10 saplings for
cutting a single tree and said often citizens are made to
suffer because of impractical rules.

"Our law says, when you cut a tree you will have to plant
10 more. But where is the space. Here is a point. Many of our
rules, regulations, legislations, laws, decision making
procedures have become so archaic....we have become so

Attributing the inconveniences faced by most of the
common people to inefficiencies in governance, she said, "We
set up all kinds of commissions which will go on changing
rules and procedures and I have no hesitation in admitting
that even after 65 years of independence we rule like the
British," she added.

Suggesting that all the cities across the country --
mainly 60 prominent cities -- should be developed properly,
she said unless that happens influx to the mega cities will
continue unabated.

"The challenges in front of us are enormous. You are
seeing changing face of Delhi. But the kind of efforts it
takes reminds me of Alice in Wonderland.. who said she had
to treat one just to stay put in one place. That`s exactly the
case with Delhi," she said.


First Published: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 - 19:06
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