Will not allow demolition in unauthorised colonies



New Delhi: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday said the Delhi government would not allow demolition of a single residential house in the unauthorised colonies and promised to regularise the remaining colonies soon.

"Nobody in Delhi will see bulldozers in action again. The government would strive to ensure that all unauthorised colonies get a permanent tag and no house is demolished," the Chief Minister told a gathering.

The Delhi government had regularised 895 unauthorised colonies last month out of 1,639 such settlements. It had issued provisional regularisation certificates to over 1,639 unauthorised colonies ahead of the Assembly polls in 2008.

"We are in the process of regularising the remaining unauthorised colonies," Dikshit said after inaugurating an underground water reservoir and pumping station at Chhatarpur in South Delhi.

The underground water reservoir has been constructed at a cost of Rs 70 crore and it will ensure better water supply to around five lakh residents in the area.

Dikshit said households will soon get piped drinking water instead of water supplied through bore-wells and tankers in the area.

"There would be no dearth of money in ensuring drinking water for one and all," she said exhorting people not to waste drinking water.

"We have to save water for the future generations. In view of the increasing population in Delhi, we all will have to concentrate on conservation. The supply of raw water from Haryana and Uttar Pradesh is limited," she said.

PTI