The Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) has written to the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), asking it to pay up over Rs 20,000 crore it owes to the former for using its properties.
DUSIB has asked DDA for urgent release of Rs 20,247 crore pending over a period of over 10 years. “We have written to DDA several times over the last one year. We are yet to receive a reply from them and as such the only option left was to escalate the matter at the highest level,” Ashish Joshi, member (finance) DUSIB, said.
Copies of the letter have been sent to L-G Najeeb Jung’s office, Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu, additional secretary (Urban Development Ministry) and the Delhi chief secretary.
Joshi said DUSIB was struggling to pay its employees and with winter approaching, it was under pressure to provide shelter to the homeless. DDA vice-chairman Balwinder Kumar denied DUSIB’s claim. “All of the land we have was handed over to us in 1911 by the improvement trust. DUSIB has never acquired land, so where does the question of this land which belongs to them come into play,” he said.