Govt promises a slum free Delhi

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New Delhi, Nov 29 (UNI) The Government today promised to make the National Capital slum free and encourage ''vertical growth'' as Parliament adopted a Bill providing the city denizens relief for at least a year from court-ordered demolition and sealing drives.

The National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Bill, 2007 was passed by the Rajya Sabha by a voice vote. The Bill has already been passed by the Lok Sabha.

Replying to the debate on the Bill in the Upper House, Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy said the framework on which the Delhi Master Plan will be executed over the period of one year will be the ''biggest ever''.

The Plan will be placed before the High Court before final execution, he said.

On slum dwellers he said, ''We have issued a policy direction that no Jhuggi Jhopri (JJ) cluster will be disturbed unless the land was required for urgent public use,'' the Minister said.

The government, he said, is already providing drinking water and sanitation provisions in these areas.

He said builders are being encouraged to go in for urbanisation provided they construct 15 per cent of the buildings for the use of the underprivileged.

Mr Reddy said an escrow account, the first of its kind in the sector will be readied for the use of buildings for the underpriveleged.

''There would also be desealing provisions in the new Master Plan,'' Mr Reddy added.

Since there was a scarcity of land in the National Capital, Mr Reddy said he will encourage the vertical growth of buildings.

In the new Master Plan, it has been relaxed in the old and developed areas, he said.

Migrants, he said, will be protected through provisions of adequate norms in the guidelines of the Plan.

Talking about commercial establishments being run from houses like beauty parlours and computer institutes, the Minister said that will be permitted.

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