Providing civic amenities in unauth. colonies top priority: Sheila

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New Delhi, Nov 27 (UNI) Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today tressed the need of better coordination between all agencies concerned for providing civic amenities in unauthorised colonies on a top priority basis.

Presiding over the third meeting of the Unauthorised Colonies Development Board today, the Chief Minister directed the MCD, DJB, Distcoms, DSIIDC, Irrigation and Flood Control Department and the DDA to work in tandem so that work on provision of water, electricity, sewage, roads and sanitation could be started to provide relief to the large number of residents putting up in these colonies.

She further directed all agencies to appoint their nodal officers to overcome obstacles and delay.

Speaking at the meeting, attended by state Urban Development Raj Kumar Chauhan, Chief Secretary Ramesh Narayanswami, Pr. Secretary (UD), Pr. Secretary (PWD), Pr. Secretary (Finance), Commissioner (MCD), VC (DDA), CEO(DJB), Divisional Commissioner and other senior officers of Distcoms and PWD, Ms Dikshit said an amount of Rs 660 crore has been earmarked in the 2007-2008 Annual Plan outlay for provision of the basic amenities in unauthorised colonies, out of which Rs 423 crore have been released.

The Chief Minister said it has been decided to start developmental works in all colonies which came up on private land i e all those colonies which are common in the list of 1539 and 1071 unauthorised colonies at the first instance.

The provision of water, electricity, sewage, roads and sanitation in these colonies would be taken up immediately under the first phase.

It was observed that it is obligatory for MCD to provide sanitation and arrange garbage collection in all unauthorised colonies in the Capital irrespective of their land status.

Ms Dikshit issued instructions for immediate release of Rs 50 crore for providing sanitation and another Rs50 crore for provision of street lighting in unauthorized colonies to the MCD.

The Distcoms have assured that work on street lighting would be completed within the shortest possible duration. The roads would be constructed by the MCD, DSIIDC and I and FC Departments. These agencies have been provided respective lists of colonies where roads are to be constructed.

She further instructed all agencies concerned to take up all developmental activities on a war footing so that most of those residents of unauthorised colonies, who have been forced to live in unsatisfactory conditions, could be ensured the much needed relief.

The Delhi Jal Board has identified 127 colonies where laying of sewage lines could be started immediately as these colonies have been found technically feasible for this work. The DJB has also assured that provision of sewage facility in all unauthorised colonies on private land would be initiated immediately on receipt of lay out plan from the Urban Development Department. Out of those 127 colonies where sewage lines are to be laid in first phase, around 90 colonies are in West Delhi.

Ms Dikshit has also instructed concerned Pr Secretaries to closely monitor the developmental works in all unauthorised colonies. The Board would also meet again next month to take stock of the progress of work. Ms Dikshit has also instructed to expedite application of GIS mapping technology, which would help in holistic development in unauthorised colonies and go a long way in changing the face of urban Delhi.

UNI

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