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No irregularities while regularising colonies: Delhi Congress

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 05, 2014
First Published: 00:25 IST(5/8/2014) | Last Updated: 00:26 IST(5/8/2014)

The Delhi Congress on Monday said the Congress government had religiously followed the guidelines laid by the ministry of urban development in regularising 895 unauthorised colonies. They slammed the BJP and AAP for raking up this issue.

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Reacting to the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report on alleged irregularities in the process, Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh blamed the two parties for unnecessarily raking up the issue.

“All 895 colonies were regularised as per the urban development ministry’s guidelines. We feel proud of regularising them. It has benefitted lakhs of people living in these colonies. There were no irregularities,” Singh said.

Talking to the reporters, Singh, along with other leaders, said the Congress would take up the regularisation process of the remaining colonies if it is elected to power in the next elections. Interestingly, Singh was the minister of urban development department when unauthorised colonies were regularised. 

The CAG in its recent report on Delhi Government said the Sheila Dikshit-led Congress government failed to provide basic amenities such as sewer lines, water lines, roads and drainage in all 895 unauthorised colonies despite spending a fund of around Rs. 3,029 crore.

Singh, however, said the money his government spent was insufficient for creating facilities in all regularized colonies.

“There were around 1,518 unauthorised colonies and if a fund of Rs. 3,000 crore is divided, each colony got around `2 crore, which was insufficient fund to fully provide roads, water lines and sewer lines to these colonies. We want to clarify that the decision of laying sewer lines in such colonies were taken after 2013,” Singh said.

“If we did something wrong, why has the BJP, which is in power, not ordered a probe in the matter? Since Congress has come out of the power, no new tender has been floated for the development work in these colonies,” he added.

Yusuf questioned why the BJP was silent on the CAG report on Gujarat, which had pointed out irregularities to the tune of Rs. 27,600 crore. “Kejriwal was also silent on the CAG report on Gujarat,” he said.

Meanwhile, party spokesperson Mukesh Sharma alleged that 15 AAP MLAs were ready to break away from their party.

“The 15 MLAs were trying to work out some deals to help the BJP form a Government in Delhi and Kejriwal was aware of this deal. Of these MLAs, three are from west Delhi,” Sharma said.


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