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Sheila blames MCD, DDA for the plight of Delhites

'We do not want even 10 houses to be demolished at this point of time', says Sheila, reports Amitabh Shukla .

india Updated: Jan 24, 2007 19:53 IST

Smarting from the findings of the HT-CNN-IBN State of the Nation Survey, which ranked her one point above the bottom at number 18, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday blamed the plight of the average Delhite on MCD and DDA.

"Both the organisations are now celebrating their golden jubilee. Their laws and bylaws have become outdate and not in tune with the ground realities of the city," Dikshit told Hindustan Times. She said a major overhaul and restructuring of both the DDA and MCD is the need of the hour.

"When a resident of the city has a work, he runs to all agencies like the MCD, DDA, Delhi Jal Board, power companies etc. This multiplicity has to end for the benefit of the common man," she said. The Chief Minister asked the Group of Ministers on Tuesday to find a way out of this mess of both the DDA and MCD.

Talking on the Master Plan, Dikshit said substantial relief has been given. "There is still time for the notification and we would like to help the people as much as is possible," she said. Referring to the green belt concept on the borders of the city, the CM said if the proposal were adopted, there would be demolitions. "We do not want even 10 houses to be demolished at this point of time," she said.

Dikshit said when the neighbouring states like UP and Haryana have urbanised land and multistoried complexes on the borders of the city, why is Delhi being discriminated against. "Our green cover has increased substantially. The green cover should be spread all over the city and not at the borders alone," she added.

The CM was expressed satisfaction that some of the recommendations like bringing out the zonal plans within a year, more FAR and height in buildings; flexible land use provisions etc. would go a long way in solving the problem. "We had asked for a review of the MPD in five years instead of 20 and this has been accepted," she said.

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First Published: Jan 24, 2007 19:53 IST