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Poll in sight, Cong shifts focus to illegal colonies

With its eyes firmly set on the 2013 assembly elections, the Delhi government has shifted its focus to development in unauthorised and resettlement colonies.

delhi Updated: May 10, 2012 00:52 IST
Atul Mathur

With its eyes firmly set on the 2013 assembly elections, the Delhi government has shifted its focus to development in unauthorised and resettlement colonies.

After facing defeat in the recently concluded municipal elections, the Congress-run Delhi government has realised that the key to success in the next elections to the state assembly is to get into the good books of the electorate living in Delhi’s unauthorised and resettlement colonies.

The assembly elections will be held in November 2013.

A huge chunk of Congress’ traditional vote banks living in such localities supported non-Congress parties in the municipal polls in April.

To avoid a repeat, the Delhi cabinet is likely to make a few announcements to benefit more than 40 lakh people living in these residential pockets in a meeting to be held on Thursday.

While the Delhi government has carried out large-scale development in urban areas, including construction of roads and flyovers, expansion of metro and improvement of health and education facilities, it has failed to improve living conditions in the 1,600 unauthorised colonies and 43 resettlement colonies.

Despite giving provisional regularisation certificates to 1,639 unauthorised colonies just ahead of the 2008 assembly elections, the Delhi government is yet to regularise even one of them.

“The Cabinet had appointed a group of ministers in September 2011 to look into the issues of unauthorised and resettlement colonies and come up with suggestions to improve living conditions in those areas. The group of ministers had given its recommendations in November 2011. It is likely that the cabinet may accept some of those recommendations and give a go-ahead to developments works in these localities,” said a senior Congress leader, requesting anonymity.

The recommendations given by the group of ministers include giving ownership right to people living in resettlement colonies, permission to sell and purchase properties in unauthorised colonies built on private land, development work in unauthorised colonies built on government land and permission to build houses on a building plan prepared and approved by any architect.

The group of ministers include urban development minister Rajkumar Chauhan, education minister Arvinder Singh and industry minister Ramakant Goswami.