CM hopes 1500 unauthorised colonies will be regularised soon

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New Delhi, Jan 25 (PTI) Delhi Chief Minister SheilaDikshit today voiced confidence that around 1,500 unauthorisedcolonies will be regularised within the next few months,paving the way for further planned development in the capital.

Regularisation of such colonies will also put an end tofears of demolition among the citizens, she said.

Addressing a gathering at the state-level Republic Dayfunction here, she also said her government has been providingdue attention to providing basic civic amenities in most ofthe unauthorised colonies.

She also said the dream of slum-dwellers for permanenthouses is going to be realised soon as the city government hasinitiated action for allotment of 15,000 low-cost flats. "Thiswill go a long way in making Delhi a slum-free capital city."

The Delhi Cabinet yesterday approved a proposal forprovision of civic facilities in unauthorised colonies thathave come up on government land, subject to future decisionsof the Delhi High Court. It said the issue is being referredto the Lieutenant Governor and the Centre for consideration.

Dikshit had said this is necessary to ensure thatinsanitary conditions are not created in these colonies.

Meanwhile, the MCD today dubbed the Delhi government''sproposed move on provision of basic civic services inunauthorised colonies was "mere politics".

Yogendra Chandolia, Chairman of MCD Standing Committee,said the Municipal Corporation of Delhi had sent fiveproposals regarding provision of basic civic services in thesecolonies since 2007.

"Delhi government paid no heed to these proposals andkept sitting on them. Now, when MCD has generated its new headof accounts for provision of budget in the non-plan head forproviding civic services by its own to the unauthorisedcolonies, it has perturbed the Congress government in Delhi,resulting in such statements," he claimed.

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