Special Correspondent

Scheme to hide slums with bamboo screens during C’wealth Games: Vijay Jolly

NEW DELHI: Former Delhi MLA Vijay Jolly has accused the Delhi government “of betraying and humiliating poor slum-dwellers” by formulating a scheme to hide slum clusters with bamboo screens during the coming Commonwealth Games-2010.

“This is a temporary and cosmetic beautification exercise which is ill-conceived as it would do no good to the slum-dwellers but would only unnecessarily take the focus away from the Games by increasing the inquisitiveness of foreign visitors about the slums in Delhi,” he said, demanding immediate withdrawal of the scheme.

“Spend money better”

Stating that it would have been better if the money had been spent on providing better basic facilities such as water and power and amenities in the slums, Mr. Jolly said removing sewerage problems and corruption in the public distribution system was the need of the hour for most of the slum-dwellers. As per the government plan, large bamboo partitions would be erected along the Capital’s main roads near major drains and slum clusters to make the city more presentable during the Commonwealth Games.

Delhi Chief Secretary Rakesh Mehta confirmed that the first consignment of bamboos for this purpose had already arrived and even been installed. This lot had come from Rajasthan and more were expected from other parts of the country such as Nagaland and Mizoram.

The Horticulture Department of the Delhi government was engaged in procuring the bamboos needed for beautifying the city by covering up the “perceivable eyesores.”