In a demand that may lead to a tussle between the BJP-led Centre and the AAP government in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said he would ask for Rs 10,000 crore from the Centre to develop unauthorised colonies.
Addressing an Adhikaar (Rights) rally for the regularisation of Delhi’s unauthorised colonies in Karawal Nagar, the CM said his government has started working on six issues in these colonies — sewage, water, drains, streetlights, sanitation and roads. This work, he said, would require a lot of money.
He said Delhi gives thousands of crores in income tax to the Centre and gets Rs 325 crore in return.
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“Delhi is the Capital of the country and the onus of its development also lies with the Centre. It is us who are earning this money and giving it to Centre. We are demanding Rs 10,000 crore from them to develop your unauthorised colonies,” Kejriwal said.
He also urged the people to be on watch against any new construction in their neighbourhood.
“We promised everyone that no one will be homeless. We will not bulldoze homes. We will regularise unauthorised colonies and give flats to jhuggis, but it is your responsibility to see that in your neighbourhood no new home would come up and no jhuggi will come up.
Otherwise nothing would be left for your children and mine in Delhi,” he said.
He claimed in 2008, Shiela Dikshit distributed provisional certificates but in the years after that no colony was regularised.
“The Congress lied. The BJP said colonies have been regularised. (But) registries are yet to be opened. They have used voters of these colonies as a vote bank.”
He said maps of four colonies will be ready and the people there can register their properties.
Speaking on corruption, Kejriwal said people are threatening officials with mobile phones. “It has become a weapon against corruption.”
Kejriwal promised that this summer, there will be no inflation in price of potatoes and onions.