It's just a beginning, we will regularise more colonies: Govt

It's just a beginning, we will regularise more colonies: Govt

Task force planned to coordinate between agencies like MCD, DDA

While tabling the notification for 895 unauthorised colonies in the Delhi assembly, urban development minister Arvinder Singh Lovely on Thursday said it is just a first step towards regularising colonies and remaining localities too are on government’s agenda.

Replying to the debate on unauthorised colonies, Singh assured the members that development work in these colonies will be taken up on priority and government will also allow MPs and MLAs to spend their local development funds in these colonies.

“We have issued notification for 895 colonies but that does not mean that we have forgotten about the remaining unauthorised colonies in the city. It is our first step towards regularisation but not the last. We will soon take up the matter of other unauthorised colonies and not rest till every one of it has been regularised,” said Singh.

No demolition

He added that chief minister Sheila Dikshit has categorically told the Centre that she will not let a single house be demolished in the Capital.

Later, Singh told reporters that government planned to put up a task force to coordinate between different agencies like MCD, revenue department and DDA to speed up the development process in these colonies.

When asked if the BJP-run municipalities would try to delay the work to deprive government of an advantage in next year’s Assembly polls, he said the government is not relying on municipal corporations.

 The Lieutenant Governor has said that the layout plan has to be given in a specific time frame, and municipalities will be compelled to work accordingly, he said.

“In the past they did not give us the layout plan despite repeated requests,” he said.

The minister said the 591 colonies that were regularised during Indira Gandhi’s prime ministerial tenure will also get  layout plans with the other 895 colonies. Presently, these colonies are being run by temporary layout plans prepared by DDA.

Problem of waterlogging

Earlier, the problem of water logging on the city roads was also discussed in the House, and the municipalities blamed for the mess.

“PWD has made a road map to stop water logging and MCD along with inputs from traffic police will see to it that things are better co-ordinated in future,” said Singh.