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Khurana raps colony regularisation terms

NEW DELHI, JULY 20.

Appreciating the recent decision of the Central Government to regularise unauthorised colonies in the Capital, the former Delhi Chief Minister, Mr. Madan Lal Khurana, today said the conditions applied were, however, stern and would not discourage unauthorised colonies from coming up in the long run.

At a press conference here under the aegis of his newly floated Delhi Vikas Maha Sangh, Mr. Khurana denied media reports that he was dissatisfied by the decision, adding that he supported the move as it was his Government that had sent the proposal to regularise the colonies about seven years ago. ``But I am unhappy with the conditions laid by the Government. The development, electricity and water charges stipulated by the Government are too high.''

Mr. Khurana also spoke about his today's meeting with the Lieutenant Governor, Mr. Vijai Kapoor, on the issue of shifting industries from non-conforming areas. He was accompanied by the former Jail Minister, Mr. Harsharan Singh Balli, as well as representatives of various industries associations.

``We told the Lieutenant Governor that the absence of a policy for industries gives an impression that the Delhi Government has no interest in industrial expansion. Mr. Kapoor, while agreeing that this impression was being given, told us that there was no change in the policies of the Government,'' said Mr. Khurana.

The former Chief Minister, said the L-G had agreed on principle to look into some of the demands stated in the memorandum presented to him by the Maha Sangh like reconsidering applications rejected under the relocation scheme for allotment of plots and the payment of the second installment by industry owners only after the plot number had been given to them.

The L-G, Mr. Khurana said, also promised to consider the demands of a time-bound initiative by the Delhi Government to install sewage treatment plants on all the 16 drains, announcement of an industrial policy as well as issuing of orders to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi to renew licenses of industrial units in non-conforming areas.

Mr. Khurana said the Lieutenant Governor also promised to take up the matter of giving another chance to those industries which missed out on applying under the relocation scheme. On all other points, Mr. Kapoor advised the Maha Sangh to make out arguments and give it to the lawyer fighting the case of the State in the Supreme Court as the Government could do little on these issues.

``Since the Lieutenant Governor gave us such a patient hearing and asked us to give him more time to address these issues, we have decided to postpone our dharna scheduled on July 24 at Rajghat by 15 days,'' Mr. Khurana said.