New Delhi: Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal
on Saturday sought better planning from local authorities to improve
the existing infrastructure and give a new look to Chandni
Chowk, the constituency he represents in the Lok Sabha.
Sibal, participating at a meeting convened by Chief
Minister Sheila Dikshit to ensure speedy implementation of
various schemes in the constituency, said a planned approach
should be adopted to relocate the wholesale trade from the
He also suggested that all the hanging electricity
wires should be put underground and authorities should take up
development of Jhughi Jhopri clusters. Sibal also called for
removing obstacles that have come in the way of construction
of Azadpur flyover.
The Union Minister said the the special purpose
vehicle which was set up in the year 2007 should be made
functional for conservation of Shahjahanabad as a heritage
All the MLAs from the Chandni Chowk constituency were
also present at the meeting, besides all the city government
ministers and top offcials of various agencies and
Dikshit, who had already held separate meetings with
MPs and MLAs of five Lok Sabha constituencies, concluded the
interaction by holding deliberations with the legislators from
Chandni Chowk and South Delhi constituency today.
The primary purpose of the meetings was to improve
coordination among agencies and to take opinion of elected
representatives on various developmental issues.
"We will review implementation of various decisions
taken during the deliberations in the last few days. The
meetings were very productive and officials were told to
implement the decisions," Dikshit said later.
Dikshit said the entire exercise will help in
ensuring a people-friendly approach while implementing various
schemes of the government.
Officials said a decision was taken to change the
nomenclature `Jhugi Jhopri` colonies was also taken.
The colonies have come a long way and in some of them
basic facilities are at par with many developed colonies.
These Colonies will have separate names without having JJ
tags, they said.
Most of the MLAs from both the parliamentary demanded
better water supply, setting up of new hospitals, improvement
in educational infrastructure, metro connectivity and
enhancement in road transport infrastructure.
A number of MLAs demanded streamlining of providing
ration to the people and said the entire system needs an
overhaul. They said ration should be granted as per assembly
segment. Dikshit assured the MLAs that government would heed
to the suggestion.
Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely demanded
better water supply for his constituency in Deoli.
South Delhi MP Ramesh Kumar sought special attention
of Delhi government in improving basic infrastructure in
Badarpur Assembly segment.