To raise the problems being faced by the nearly one crore residents of unauthorised colonies, regularised colonies, resettlement colonies, jhuggi jhonpri clusters and villages of Delhi, the Nationalist Congress Party has planned a rally at the residence of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit here on January 6.
Making the announcement, chairman of the party’s Election Committee Ramvir Singh Bidhuri said on Sunday that all the five NCP MLAs would be attending the rally in which the Chief Minister along with Union Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath, Union Housing and Poverty Alleviation Minister Ajay Maken and Delhi Revenue and Development Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely would also be called upon to speak.
“The problems being faced by the residents are huge. The multiplicity of authority is often cited as a major reason for the delay in removal of the troubles which afflict the masses on a daily basis, but we want action. And since 2013 would be the election year for Delhi, we thought of building the pressure to resolve all these problems at the earliest,” said Mr. Bidhuri, who is also the president of the Delhi Vikas Morcha.
The senior Delhi politician said while the Government functionaries have been invited to attend and speak at the rally, it would take the form of a “gherao” if the response to it is anything but amicable. “We are surely hoping that the Government would come up with a definite set of solutions to resolve the vexed problems facing the people.”
Mr. Bidhuri said only 312 of the 895 unauthorised colonies, whose regularisation was announced, have actually gained from the scheme. “As for the rest, there are so many conditions which have been attached to their regularisation it seems well nigh impossible for them to benefit in any form soon.”
“All those colonies which fulfil the guidelines laid down by the Urban Development Ministry for regularisation should be immediately regularised without any further delay,” he said.
Similarly, he said, residents of resettlement colonies, which had come up over almost three decades ago, are yet to be provided ownership rights. “These should be provided on priority so that the owners may be able to legally sell their premises or raise funds on them,” he said.
Apart from this, the NCP has also demanded that the Lal Dora of all the villages should be extended and house tax waived off for the villages and farmers allowed to sink tubewells for irrigating their fields. “At the moment, a bribe of Rs.8 lakh is charged by some SDMs for this job,” he alleged.
For the welfare of the villagers, he said, it was also essential that farmers whose land has been acquired by the Delhi Development Authority should be given alternative plots. “The process has been suspended for the past many years and a lot of bribery has got associated with it,” he charged.
Mr. Bidhuri said his party would also be pressing for abolition of Section 81-A that allows vesting of cultivable land of the farmers with the gram sabha if it is not tilled for a certain period of time. He said finally in the case of jhuggi dwellers, the party wants all of them to be rehabilitated with alternative plots or flats.