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Calls for speeding up regularisation of illegal colonies

NEW DELHI: Welcoming the notification issued by the Union Urban Development Ministry allowing commercial activity on the ground floor under the mixed land use policy, Nationalist Congress Party MLA Ramvir Singh Bidhuri has demanded that steps should be taken to sort out the long pending issue of regularisation of unauthorised colonies and extension of Lal Dora.

Terming it as a big step towards providing relief to lakhs of people, Mr. Bidhuri told newsmen on Thursday that all this had been possible due to personal initiative of Union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy and Minister of State for Urban Development Ajay Maken who had put their heads together to find an amicable solution to the whole problem.

He said the notification had come as a major relief to small traders and middle class families whose only source of livelihood were these small shops in residential areas. ``Mr. Maken deservers to be complimented for this decision that had been hanging fire for a long time,'' he added.

Coming down heavily on the previous NDA Government, Mr. Bidhuri said despite being in power for almost six year at the Centre, the BJP-led Government had failed to do anything to sort out these issues.

Asserting that everybody had the right to earn his or her livelihood, Mr. Bidhuri said it was not possible to dislocate lakhs of people and said the direction given by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with regard to Delhi had started top pay rich dividends.

At the same time, he demanded that the Union Urban Development Ministry should speed up regularisation of unauthorised colonies that had been pending for many years and also take steps to come out with a solution for regularising alterations in the DDA flats. Mr. Bidhuri also demanded that steps should be initiated immediately to extend Lal Dora and regularise the extended abadi areas of rural Delhi.

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