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Illegal colonies get Rs 20 lakh each for works

The BJP also wants to focus on such colonies as it could be a huge vote bank for the the party.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: November 11, 2014 11:18:25 am

With an eye on Assembly polls, the three BJP-ruled municipal corporations will soon allow its councillors to invest up to Rs 20 lakh per ward for development works in unathorised colonies.

Both the BJP and the Congress had made promises to regularise these colonies. But, the promises have remained only on paper so far. This time, the BJP does not want to give its rival parties any reason to attack them on this issue.

The BJP also wants to focus on such colonies as it could be a huge vote bank for the the party.

Confirming that the corporations will soon be able to use the funds, Delhi unit president Satish Upadhyay said, “We will get the approval to use the funds to develop unauthorised colonies shortly.”

As regularisation of these colonies will take time, BJP leaders demanded that development work should be initiated as soon as possible. In this regard, the Delhi BJP had met Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu to recommend development work in these colonies.

“We had sought approval to lay sewer lines and roads in these colonies. It will take us some time to make the regularisation process a reality. The existing rules will not let any colony be regularised as not many of them have wide roads or space for amenities like community centres and dispensaries,” a leader said.

In August, the Delhi BJP had demanded that even those unauthorised colonies that have come up till 2013 be regularised. As of now, regularisation process of those colonies existing prior to 2007 is underway.


Cong gets battle ready
New Delhi: The Congress, on Monday, held a meeting of its top leaders from the South Delhi parliamentary constituency to discuss preparations for the Delhi Assembly polls.

The party stated that the agenda of the meeting was to “counter the machinations of a communal party like the BJP and an opportunistic party like the Aam Aadmi Party in the Assembly polls.

Leaders passed a resolution that all party workers “would bury their differences to unitedly work for whoever is chosen as the candidate in the coming polls, to ensure their victory”.

Delhi unit chief Arvinder Singh Lovely and other leaders like Sajjan Kumar, Haroon Yusuf and Mukesh Sharma attended the meeting.
Seeking to remind people about the state of the affairs in the national capital, Lovley said, “After the exit of the Congress party, the city’s condition has worsened. The AAP has betrayed the confidence of voters as they quit after 49 days.”

Haroon Yusuf said the Muslim community in Delhi would get another chance to “teach a bitter lesson to communal and opportunistic parties”.

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