Staff Reporter

After a long wait of over 60 years many colonies will now get basic amenities, feel legislators

1639 colonies to be regularised soon

‘BJP Govt. had left out many colonies’

NEW DELHI: The announcement by Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Union Minister of State for Urban Development Ajay Maken over the weekend that 1,639 colonies -- including 149 unauthorised colonies which came up as extension to village abadi and have not been notified as Lal Dora extension and 84 left-out portions of already regularised unauthorised colonies -- would be regularised soon has enthused a number of sitting MLAs in Delhi.

With this announcement assuring people that they would now get proper electricity and water supply along with access to roads and other infrastructure, the MLAs representing such unauthorised colonies are glad that after a long wait of over 60 years many colonies would get these basic amenities.

“In my constituency, 68 unauthorised colonies having a population of nearly five lakh would stand to gain from this process,” said Jahangirpuri MLA Jile Singh Chauhan on Saturday. He added that from 1993 to 1998 when the BJP Government was in office, these colonies had been put into the left-over list.

“No one bothered about them. But after the UPA Government came to power, the Zonal Plans and the new Master Plan for Delhi-2021, which is a legal document, were drafted. And now the names of these colonies figure on the list and people are glad that more development would be coming their way,” Mr. Chauhan said.

While many of the areas in the constituency had been declared ‘flooded area’ earlier, the MLA said the doors have been opened for development all the way from Wazirabad to the Haryana border in the north.

At the other end of Delhi, in Badarpur, local MLA Ramvir Singh Bidhuri is glad that the path has now been paved for development in a large number of unauthorised colonies in his constituency through the “historical step”.

“There are 84 unauthorised colonies and some extended abadi and left-out areas in my constituency in which nearly three lakh people live. While my constituency is the leader in utilising funds for development, having used almost 80 per cent of the Rs.300 crore earmarked till date, now more areas would get water, electricity, roads and drains,” said Mr. Bidhuri.