New Delhi: Unauthorised colonies that have
come up on government land in the national capital may be soon
provided basic civic amenities like power, water, roads,
drains and sanitation services.
The Delhi Cabinet today approved a proposal for provision
of civic facilities in such colonies subject to future
decisions of the Delhi High Court. The issue is being referred
to the Lieutenant Governor and the Centre for consideration.
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit told reporters after the
cabinet meeting chaired by her that the city government is
carrying out developmental works like laying of water and
sewer lines, providing electricity, sanitation services,
construction of roads and drains in unauthorised colonies on
private land with permission of the High Court.
"The unauthorised colonies on government land, which were
not getting such basic facilities till now, will be given
these amenities as per the proposal," she said.
Dikshit said this is being done to ensure that insanitary
conditions are not created in these colonies. The government
move are expected to benefit over 500 unauthorised colonies.
Asked about regularisation of more unauthorised colonies,
she said a list of 100 colonies had been sent to the Municipal
Corporation of Delhi for preparing layout plans but the civic
body is yet to get back.
Urban Development Minister A K Walia stated that his
department has been constantly monitoring the process of
regularisation of unauthorised colonies.
Meanwhile, to a question about theft of various street
furniture like steel garbage bins and flyover panels installed
for the Commonwealth Games, the Chief Minister said, "We want
to make Delhi a beautiful city but that is not possible
without the cooperation of people. I appeal to citizens to
help us in preventing such things."