Multiplicity of authorities hampers planning of Delhi: Sheila

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New Delhi, Dec 19 (UNI) Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said a multiplicity of authorities in Delhi hampered the planning process of the city.

Addressing the meeting of National Development Council (NDC) here, Ms Dikshit said the fact that the Delhi Government did not have any control over the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) made it helpless in preparing a blueprint for the city.

''Delhi Government is not in a position to make a blueprint for development of the state on its own as neither land nor its development authority come within its purview. The Master Plans of Delhi, prepared by the DDA so far, have been unrealistic, too sketchy and far removed from the current needs of a very fast growing metropolis.

The deficiency in the existing planning process gets compounded by the multiplicity of authorities that decides the fate of Delhi.

The vexed problem of multiplicity of authorities has to be addressed with utmost seriousness and urgency. Unless this is done, planning for the Eleventh Plan for the Delhi Government would continue to be just planning of schemes and programmes and drawing up some action plans,'' the Chief Minister said.

On the problems created by the multiplicity of authorities, the Chief Minister said,''Though the Government of Delhi is accountable to its citizens yet the MCD is not accountable to the elected Government of the state. This created serious problems of managing Delhi which is a complex, growing and dynamic national capital.'' In this context, she said a mechanism in the form of a suitably constituted metropolitan planning council would be useful.

''Proper institutional arrangements for ensuring accountability and reducing multiplicity of authorities need to be realistically resolved so that we are in a position to use the opportunities facing us to make Delhi into a Global city,''Ms Dikshit said.

The Chief Minister also called for greater integration of states in the National Capital Region (NCR) to ensure better development of the region.

''In the NCR areas, various states have their own transport policy and arrangements including taxation on public transport.

This creates environmentally an unviable situation for Delhi.

For example, we have promoted CNG, an environmental friendly fuel, in our public transport. We expect that in the entire NCR, similar environmental considerations too will be reflected. This is equally valid in areas of taxation,''she said.

She also called for an effective mechanism to handle issues of inter-state nature where large agglomerations around Delhi like Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad and Gurgaon are concerned.

''Institutional arrangements need to be worked out within states and between states so that quick decision making in the common interest of the region can be evolved. I feel if this is not attended to on priority, various development projects having inter-state linkages and impacts will be hampered, casusing inconvenience and misery to the people, especially from Delhi,''the Chief Minister said.


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