Delhi Lt Governor approves extension of Lal Dora in 41 villages

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New Delhi, Sep 19 (UNI) Delhi Lt Governor Tejender Khanna has approved the proposal to extend the Lal Dora in 41 villages of Delhi, State Development and Revenue Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan today said.

Talking to mediapersons here, Mr Raj Kumar Chauhan said the process to extend the Lal Dora would be started shortly after conducting a survey of the rising population of villages.

Reiterating the commitment of his Government to the development of villages, Mr Chauhan said, ''the increasing population of Delhi and urbanisation of villages has forced the Government to extend the Lal Dora which was introduced in 1908. In the year 1993, it was extended in six villages under Section 23(3) of the Land Reform Act.

Keeping in view the fact that the villages should also get the same facilities as the people living in urban areas, the Government has taken this decision to increase the Lal Dora.'' ''The population of villages is burgeoning and they should also have all facilities,''Mr Chauhan said.

Of the 41 villages, 25 lie in South West Delhi, ten in North West, two each in North East, South and West.

Stating that the LG has the right to extend the Lal Dora of any area under Section 23(3) of the Land Reform Act, 1954, Mr Chauhan said the Government had requested the LG to accommodate the increasing population of villages in the Lal Dora and the LG had accepted the Government's request.

The Minister also informed that the Rural Development Board had approved a scheme worth Rs 212 crore for the developmental works of the villages in the year 2007-08.

He made it clear that the Government was trying to complete the developmental work in rural areas before the Commonwealth Games.

Mr Chauhan said the work of installing the Sewerage Treatment Plant was in full swing and the survey report of 189 villages was almost ready.

UNI

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