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Multiplicity of authorities bane of Delhi: Sheila Dikshit

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, May 17 (UNI) Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said multiplicity of authorities in the national capital is compounding the problems of the city.

Multiplicity of authorities led to inordinate delays in implementing the desired policy initiatives to alleviate the problems faced by the citizens, she said speaking at a national conclave on 'Globalising Indian Cities Partnership for Change' here.

Ms Dikshit termed the capital as a unique and outstanding city-state, facing multifarious challenges and responsibilities.

Talking about different reports that categorically suggested of empowering Delhi government if efficient governance and progress had to take place, Ms Dikshit dwelt at length on the issue of multiplicity of authorities in the capital and described it as the biggest bottleneck on the road to her governments efforts in implementing the aspirations of the people whom it represented.

She emphasised that a duly elected government had to be accountable and responsible, it could not have a diffused mandate wherein the relevant institutions/local bodies were not accountable to it.

The chief minister said any successful plan for sustainable development of the city would have to take into consideration the twin issues of urban infrastructure development and an organised and humane solution to the problem of slums and jhuggis in the capital, housing about four million people.

These, Ms Dikshit said, were the two most important dictums of development in the capital and stressed the two were not mutually antagonistic as are generally perceived and propagated by groups with vested interests.

She emphasised that multiplicity of authorities in the city was the biggest bane that thwarted any concerted, co-ordinated and long-term planning or developmental effort.

The chief minister stressed that development could not exclude one segment of the society to provide for another, and any effective policy initiatives had to take into consideration interests of all sections of the society.

The problem of housing specially for the people of the weaker sections of the society was one of the biggest challenges for any government and its plan or policy, Ms Dikshit said.

She informed that her government had established a housing board for providing housing to the economically weaker sections of the society, but the same had not been able to achieve much due to lack of financial support from financial institutions like HUDCO.

''This is because the Delhi government does not control land in the city and no financial institutions can come up with financial support in a situation like this.'' MLA and Delhi Jal Board Vice Chairman Anjali Rai, USAID Mission Director George Deikun, Joint Secretary with Ministry of Union Urban Development M Rajmani, Business Standard Managing Editor S K Bhattacharya, Star News Senior Executive Editor B V Rao, and Ms Rebecca Black with USAID's Office of Economic Growth also spoke on the occasion.

Meanwhile, worried about the ongoing sealing and demolition drive, a traders' delegation met the chief minister and demanded full statehood for Delhi.

Delhi should have all the powers other states enjoy in order to effectively tackle its problems, they added.


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