DELHI:EROS TIMES: Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday announced that the Delhi government has approved and sanctioned the budget for construction of roads and drains in unauthorized colonies except those falling in ASI and forest areas. The total budget to be spent for the development work in these pending areas would be around Rs. 1000 to Rs. 1200 crore.
According to the latest data provided by the Urban Development Department, there are 1797 unauthorized colonies in Delhi and except for those colonies, which are on ASI/forest land; developmental works will be immediately taken up in all other colonies.
Delhi government accords high priority to the developmental works in unauthorised colonies and has been regularly striving since February 2015 for providing a life of dignity to the residents of these colonies, which have been neglected for decades and the residents have been forced to live their lives in inhuman conditions.
Two agencies – Irrigation & Flood Control and the DSIIDC are the nodal agencies for carrying out the developmental works in unauthorised colonies of Delhi.
It is a matter of concern that during last few decades only a handful of unauthorised colonies were chosen for carrying out developmental works in the first phase, and there too very little or no work was done.
The Chief Minister has directed the Urban Development Minister to ensure that the basic developmental work of construction of roads and drains is now carried out on a war footing.
Announcing the decision, the Chief Minister said, “Good news for those living in hellish conditions in unauthorized colonies. Delhi government has approved and sanctioned budget for construction of road and drains in all pending colonies (barring ASI/forest areas). Work will start soon. This will provide them dignity and better living conditions.
For last several decades, people have been living in hellish conditions in these areas in the capital city of India. Successive governments did nothing. Now lump sum funds have been sanctioned and works will be done on war footing in mission mode, the CM further added.
The Delhi government in the budget for the current financial year 2018-19 has already earmarked Rs 1,000 crore for the repair of roads, which will be carried out on the basis of concerned MLAs recommendations. This is separate from the budget sanctioned and approved.
The picture of the unauthorized colonies where developmental works have been carried has changed. The areas which were having no drain or road are now having good roads and drains. This has changed the total scenario in such colonies