President of the newly-formed Delhi Vikas Morcha and former MLA Ramvir Singh Bidhuri on Friday demanded that the residents of villages, unauthorised and resettlement colonies, should be exempted from paying property tax till the time the Delhi Government undertakes major developmental works in these areas.

Mr. Bidhuri said people living in these villages, unauthorised and resettlement colonies were facing severe problems as these areas lacked even basic civic amenities despite tall promises made by the Delhi Government to carry out developmental works there.

“Till the time the Delhi Government carries out works like setting up schools, hospitals, laying of sewer lines, providing clean drinking water, community centres, parks and proper sanitation, the residents of these villages, unauthorised and resettlement colonies will not pay their property tax,'' he said.

The senior politician said he has also planned a protest march from Jantar Mantar to the Chief Minister's residence on Sunday during which a delegation would submit a charter of demands to Sheila Dikshit and also apprise her of the problems being faced by the residents there.

As for the unauthorised colonies that have been given provisional certificates by the Delhi Government for regularisation, he demanded that the ban on construction should be lifted immediately. “People should be allowed to construct houses and make alterations in their present units on private land according to the approved building by-laws,'' he said.

Mr. Bidhuri also raised the issue of the poor living in jhuggi jhopri and resettlement colonies not being issued below poverty line ration cards despite their applying for it. “On the other hand, it is shocking that the Delhi Government had submitted before the High Court that no residents are seeking ration cards under the BPL category,'' he said, adding that these poor were suffering due to high prices and failure of the Government to provide them cheap rations.

He also demanded that those poor who had been displaced during the Commonwealth Games be properly rehabilitated.

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