Upkeep charge on illegal colonies soon
Delhi government may soon revise development charges on unauthorised colonies in the city. The group of ministers constituted by chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Friday decided bring down development charges to ensure that the "poor" living in those colonies could afford it.
"A consensus emerged on fixing charges at the minimum level keeping in view the character of unauthorised colonies and their owners coming from poor families and weaker sections of the society," a senior Delhi government official said.
Delhi cabinet had rejected the proposal brought by the department of urban development a few days ago on development charges and land cost to be collected from each household in unauthorised colonies.
The cabinet had felt that the rates proposed by the UD department were "hefty" and "unaffordable" for poor living in such colonies. The Cabinet had formed a four-member committee to chalk out a final proposal.
"The committee had its first meeting today. It decided that the rates should be revised and has asked the Delhi Jal Board, MCD and power discoms to come up with revised rates," said the official.
Deepak Kesarkar, an MLA who represents Sawantwadi, said that after his return from Mumbai on Thursday night, the newly sworn-in chief minister asked the MLAs to behave in a “more mature fashion”.
In October 2019, the Bombay high court (HC) quashed a clutch of petition by environmentalists that sought to declare a 33-acre plot in the city’s green lung as a legal forest under the Indian Forest Act (1927). This patch was demarcated in 2013 to construct a car shed for the upcoming Metro 3 line.
If there is something that stands out in the rebellion led by Eknath Shinde and his predecessors like Chhagan Bhujbal, Narayan Rane and Raj Thackeray, it is the way in which the Shiv Sena leadership and even the ordinary Shiv Sainik responded to the crisis. If in the past the grassroots workers rallied around Balasaheb Thackeray, Sena leaders today admit to a virtual paralysis that has set in the party following the mass desertions led by Eknath Shinde.
Terming the notice as a “love letter”, NCP supremo Sharad Pawar said it showed the qualitative difference with which central agencies act towards leaders of the opposition and those in the government.
Karnataka home minister Araga Janendra said Friday he had only just received information about an alleged assault on two women in Anekal, a town in Bengaluru district. The sisters were allegedly stripped and assaulted at their home for failing to pay a debt. Multiple media reports have said the police refused to file a complaint for two days and only did so after videos of the assault were widely shared online.