Jolly plans 25-km protest march

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: : Accusing the Delhi Government of failure to undertake developmental works in unauthorised and resettlement colonies of the Saket Assembly constituency, Bharatiya Janata Party legislator Vijay Jolly on Thursday announced that he would undertake a 25-km protest march from Sangam Vihar to Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's residence in New Delhi against this "discriminatory attitude". At a press conference here, Mr. Jolly said the protest march would be in the shape of a "padyatra" that would start from Sangam Vihar and end at Ms. Dikshit's residence at Moti Lal Nehru Marg. A large number of representatives of residents' welfare associations, residents of the colonies and villages would join the march. "We have decided that no vehicles would be used during the march. Everyone would walk the entire stretch in order to lodge their protest with Ms. Dikshit,'' he added.

Accusing the Congress Government of neglecting a large section of residents living in such unauthorised colonies in his constituency, Mr. Jolly wondered what had become of the promise of the Delhi Government to regularise such colonies and provide them with all basic amenities including electricity, water and roads. The Delhi Government was going back on its promises made at the time of Assembly elections and had lost sight of its manifesto. One of the major contributions of the Government has been the rise in crime against women and the deteriorating law and order situation, he said.

Funds unutilised

Mr. Jolly said whatever funds had been earmarked for development had been left unutilised despite promises in this regard by the Chief Minister and the Development Minister, Raj Kumar Chauhan.

Alleging that people of Sangam Vihar were being treated like second-class citizens, he said Mr. Chauhan had given a reply in the Delhi Assembly that Rs. 1.91 crore had been earmarked for various works under the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Welfare Board funds for various blocks of Sangam Vihar. However, despite repeated meetings nothing had moved and the biggest unauthorised and resettlement colonies continued to face neglect at the hands of Government agencies.

The drinking water supply was very poor and people had to depend on the water mafia to meet their daily needs. On the issue of sanitation, he pointed out that the MLA Constituency Development Fund couldn't be spent for development of such area as per orders of the Delhi Government.