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Sheila blames NDA for sealing crisis

Dikshit said it (her govt) is trying to solve the problem created during the BJP-led NDA regime, reports Amitabh Shukla .

india Updated: Nov 01, 2006 20:51 IST

The Delhi government on Wednesday alleged that the entire  problem of sealing and demolition had it genesis in the year 2000 when the NDA was in power at the Centre.

Alleging that, the present problem would not have arisen, had the Urban Development Ministry during the NDA regime been sympathetic to the traders and the house owners, chief minister Sheila Dikshit said that the BJP was to be blamed for the present mess.

Quoting a letter of the UDM, written by a Joint Secretary on August 28, 2000 to all the authorities concerned, Dikshit said the letter spells doom for the house owners and the shopkeepers.

The letter, sent to Commissioner MCD, Vice Chairman DDA and others conveyed the "deep concern" of  Parliament Consultative Committee over the rising menace of unauthorised constructions, suspected connivance of the staff and requested the authorities to take strong and prompt action. It suggested ten measures for strict enforcement.

The measures included, demolition of all illegal constructions, not cosmetically but in toto. In all cases of illegal constructions, prosecution should be launched against the builders and the cases followed vigorously with the police and the courts.

In case of DDA flats, where constructions have come up beyond condonable limits, the letter said, cancellation of allotment should be carried out. For the misuse of land or shops operating in the residential area, a similar approach was advocated in the  letter.

Without referring to Jagmohan, the then UD Minister, Dikshit told the House that the present government was in the process of solving the problem created during the BJP led NDA regime. "Now, they are politicising the issue, instead of offering solutions," Dikshit said.

Email Ashok Shukla: ashukla@hindustantimes.com