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Plan outlay for toilets in JJ clusters doubled

An estimated 40 lakh people live in the over 1,600 unauthorised colonies in Delhi. File Photo

An estimated 40 lakh people live in the over 1,600 unauthorised colonies in Delhi. File Photo   | Photo Credit: Saurabh Das

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Providing toilets for people residing in JJ clusters and ensuring basic amenities in unauthorised colonies here found special attention in the Budgetary proposals announced for Delhi for the current financial year.

While Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley proposed to almost double the plan outlay for providing toilets for slum dwellers, the Minister also announced a planned expenditure of Rs.711 crore on providing essential services in unauthorised colonies during the current financial year.

“The Government of NCT of Delhi will endeavour to provide toilet facilities to all slum dwellers in Delhi in the current financial year. I propose to increase the plan outlay for this purpose from Rs.17 crore in 2013-14 to Rs.35 crore in the current financial year,” he said.

“Development of unauthorised colonies and their regularisation is one of the major challenges. The Government of NCT of Delhi will provide essential services in unauthorised colonies in a time-bound manner. Piped water supply system will be provided in 50 unauthorised colonies and sewerage system will be laid in 95. A plan outlay of Rs.711 crore is allocated for providing essential services in unauthorised colonies during the current financial year.”

An estimated 40 lakh people live in the over 1,600 unauthorised colonies in the city. A total of 895 unauthorised colonies were regularised in Delhi two years back.

Providing housing to the Economically Weaker Sections to check the problem of encroachment on public land and emergence of unauthorised colonies was one of the major highlights of the Budget. Mr. Jaitley said the government was constructing 58,064 EWS houses under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, out of which 14,844 houses have been completed.



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