Sujay Mehdudia

To incorporate the views of local leaders working at the ground level in it

NEW DELHI: Asserting that the citizens' elected representatives from Delhi were equal partners in the city's planning and growth process, Union Minister of State for Urban Development Ajay Maken on Thursday said the draft Master Plan for Delhi-2021 would be sent to the Delhi Assembly for debate and passage in order to incorporate the views of local leaders working at the ground level.

"I have already written to Union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy seeking his nod for sending the draft Master Plan for Delhi-2021 to the Delhi Government for debate and discussion in the Assembly. It would be sent shortly after a formal nod from Mr. Reddy comes through. I fully agree with the demand of the Congress MLAs and the resolution moved by Chief Minister's Parliamentary Secretary Nasib Singh that the Master Plan for Delhi be discussed in the Assembly before it is notified. It is the need of the hour as the MLAs were in a better position to provide feedback on the situation prevailing on the ground," said Mr. Maken.

Stating that he had advocated empowerment of the Delhi Government and giving it control over land and other related issues, Mr. Maken said it was wrong to say that the Delhi Government was not consulted on the issue. In fact, he said, he along with Mr. Reddy had held consultations with representatives of all the parties including Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Finance Minister A.K. Walia, Leader of the Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Jagdish Mukhi, Delhi BJP president Harsh Vardhan, Nationalist Congress Party Delhi unit president and MLA Ramvir Singh Bidhuri and Janata Dal (S) Delhi president Shoaib Iqbal on the Master Plan for Delhi-2021 to get a proper and authentic feedback on various issues.

"The document had been sent to the Delhi Government long ago and if now the Delhi MLAs want it to be debated in the Assembly there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. We more than welcome such a healthy discussion on such an important matter." he added.

Blaming the previous NDA Government for the present situation including the sealing and demolitions phase in the Capital, Mr. Maken said it was only after the United Progressive Alliance came to power that the process for preparation of the new Master Plan for Delhi-2021 was started.