Cutting across party lines, the MLAs of Delhi on Thursday came out openly against the proposed Master Plan, saying that it was "anti people" and does not solve the problems of the city.
The legislators expressed their views during and after a presentation on the Master Plan by the DDA in Delhi Secretariat.
Interestingly, the Congress MLAs were more vocal in protest against the plan document than the BJP MLAs.
"There is nothing for the resettlement colonies. It does not even have a proposal to give them ownership rights," said Congress MLA Anil Bhardwaj. Vijay Locchav of the same party asked, "From where will the coaching centres run? We send our children to such centres and the proposal says that it will run only from commercial or institutional areas".
DDA member and MLA Jile Singh Chauhan said the unauthorised colonies have been completely left out. "How will we face the electorate if nothing is offered to the unauthorised colonies and more than 30 lakh people," he said.
Chauhan asked that all roads with 80 feet width and 50 per cent shops should be declared commercial. AICC member and MLA Jai Kishan questioned the very basis of the document. "It needs a complete overhaul to reflect the aspirations of the city and its people," he said.
BJP's Vijay Jolly described the entire exercise as "gimmickry". "It lacks the focus which a city like Delhi needs," he said. BJP state president Hash Vardhan was critical on almost all aspects and said the medical professionals will have to shut shop and the entire system of private health care would collapse.
Naseeb Singh of the Congress said there was no provision for schools operating in residential areas. "Where will the schools go and where will the students study,” asked the MLA. NCP's Ramvir Singh Bidhuri termed the MPD a "big zero" for the villages of the city and asked for a reversal of the proposals.
Asked about the opposition of the MLAs, chief minister Sheila Dikshit said the Centre has agreed to incorporate suggestions of the MLAs after a discussion in the Assembly. "There should be more emphasis in the MPD on housing and it should be reviewed every three years," she told reporters after the DDA presentation.
Dikshit said after discussing the proposal in the House that the practical suggestions would be sent back to the DDA for incorporation.