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Ajay Maken challenges Arvind Kejriwal to debate on illegal colonies

Maken said the Kejriwal government reduced over 35.6 per cent funds for urban development.

Delhi Congress chief Ajay Maken on Monday challenged Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to an open debate on the regularisation of unauthorised colonies. Emphasising that the Congress government cleared the air of uncertainty hanging over unauthorised colonies, Maken said the gazette notification issued by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on March 24, 2008 — with the approval of the then Congress government at the Centre — was the first document aimed at providing relief to the residents of these colonies.

“Section 5.10 of the notification allows the government to begin development works in unauthorised colonies. We have spent thousand of crores in providing infrastructure to these colonies, while the Kejriwal-led government is misleading people,” Maken said. He also set a deadline of two months for the government to open registries and change land use in these colonies.

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Maken said the figures provided by Kejriwal were “old and finalised by the Congress government”. “The government has also reduced the allocation (of funds) for urban development, housing for the poor and sanitation in JJ clusters,” he said.

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Maken said the Kejriwal government reduced over 35.6 per cent funds for urban development, by deducting Rs 157 crore in 2014-15 from the Rs 440 crore allocated by the previous Congress government. He blamed the BJP-led municipal corporations for not taking the initiative to prepare the layout plans. “This is a failure of the municipal bodies as well,” Maken said.

Maken was reacting to Kejriwal’s statements in Karawal Nagar on Sunday. The chief minister had said his government had started working on issues of sewage, water, drains, street lights, sanitation and roads in these areas.

He had also stated that such colonies were not regularised despite possessing provisional certificates issued by the Sheila Dikshit government.

First published on: 14-04-2015 at 03:25 IST
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