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Battle for New Delhi seat begins

delhi Updated: Apr 05, 2009 23:20 IST
Atul Mathur
Atul Mathur
Hindustan Times
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Recounting how the Congress government at the Centre had taken care of the “concerns of urbanised villages” by notifying the Delhi Special Laws Bill, Union Minister of State for Urban Development Ajay Maken kicked off his election campaign in New Delhi Parliamentary constituency on Sunday.

Maken chose two urbanised villages, Shahpur Jat and Zamroodpur, to formally launch his campaign. Both the villages have witnessed tremendous commercialisation in the past few years and stand to benefit the most from the new law.

“The Congress government and the Ministry of Urban Development had for the first time taken care of the concerns of urbanised villages in the city which were so far suffering because of lopsided laws. We are approaching the people of these areas on the basis of the work we have done rather than any hollow promise for the future,” Maken said.

With this law and provisions in the Masterplan 2021, all such villages have become eligible for recognition as commercial areas.

Portraying it as one his biggest achievements as far as the population of urban villages and unauthorised colonies were concerned, Maken took out a padyatra in Shahpur Jat and addressed a rally in Zamroodpur.

He said the government had taken specific steps to ascertain solutions to the long-term problems of such areas.

The residents of Shahpur Jat also seem to be in complete agreement with Maken.

“Ab to koi demolition aur sealing ki pareshani nahin dikhti. Kuchh to bhala kiya in netaon ne hamara (We don’t see the problem of sealing and demolition now in the village. These politicians have done at least some good to us),” said Dharam Pal Singh, whose building in the village has 15 shops.

Residents said poor sewage and roads were some local problems which they expect elected representatives to take care.