Housing, unauth colony dev focus of Delhi govt for 2008 polls

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New Delhi, Dec 15 (UNI) Ahead of the 2008 Delhi Assembly elections, the state government would focus on on providing housing and health facilities to the poor and accelerating the development process in the unauthorised colonies while improving the public transport system in the Capital.

Addressing a press conference on the completion of nine years of her government, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said the last four years of her government had been full of challenges posed by the intervention of the judiciarly in sealing and demolition issues.

She said the state government had, however, moved forward on the path of development by converting these challenges into opportunities.

The Chief Minister said it would be the endeavour of her government to change the face of public transport in the next two years besides setting up dispensaries or small hospitals in every area of the capital and bring down power thefts to as low as 17-18 per cent.

''In the next one and a half to two years, the face of public transport in Delhi will be totally changed.

Our buses would be better than those in European countries. As many as 15 per cent of the new buses being procured by the government will be air-conditioned.'' Dispensaries would be set up in each area of the capital to ease the rush in hospitals, she added and stressed upon providing housing to the poor by setting up four lakh houses in the next 4 years for the slum dwellers. ''We have written to the Urban Development Ministry for setting up four storeyed buildings to settle these people near the place of their habitations.'' Defending the privatisation of power in Delhi, she said, ''When we came to power in 1998, electricity cuts for 7-8 days were a norm. Power thefts were as high as 52 per cent. Now thanks to power privatisation, it has come down to 30 per cent and it would be our target to reduce it to 17-18 per cent.'' MORE UNI

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