NEW DELHI

"Khanna Committee report to form basis of new Master Plan for Delhi"

UNITED WE SUCCEED: Union Minister for Urban Development Jaipal Reddy (third from left) and Minister of State Ajay Maken (second from left) along with DPCC president Ram Babu Sharma (right) and Congress MP Sajjan Kumar (left) at a rally on Monday in s upport of one-year freeze on demolitions in the Capital .- PHOTO: S. SUBRAMANIUM

UNITED WE SUCCEED: Union Minister for Urban Development Jaipal Reddy (third from left) and Minister of State Ajay Maken (second from left) along with DPCC president Ram Babu Sharma (right) and Congress MP Sajjan Kumar (left) at a rally on Monday in s upport of one-year freeze on demolitions in the Capital .- PHOTO: S. SUBRAMANIUM  



Staff Reporter

Jaipal Reddy addresses rally organised by the DPCC

NEW DELHI: Declaring that the recommendations of the Tejinder Khanna Committee will form the basis of the new Master Plan for Delhi-2021 now under preparation, Union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy on Monday asserted that Delhi would be made into a world class city but not without taking adequate care of the poor and those living in slum clusters.

Addressing a rally organised by the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) at Talkatora Indoor Stadium here to felicitate Mr. Reddy, Union Minister of State for Urban Development Ajay Maken and senior party MLA and Tejinder Khanna Committee member S. C. Vats, Mr. Reddy said the new Master Plan for Delhi would be close to the ground realities and include a majority of the recommendations of the Khanna Committee as demanded by DPCC president Ram Babu Sharma.

Stating that displacing people from the Capital's "Lal Dora" areas, slum clusters and the refugees who had come from Pakistan at the time of Partition was not practical, Mr. Reddy said development of slum clusters had been launched in Tehkhand in South Delhi and would be extended to other parts of the city.

Accusing the previous NDA Government of creating all the problems, Mr. Reddy said had the BJP-led Central Government started the work on the Master Plan for Delhi-2021 six years ago such a situation would not have arisen. "I fail to understand the BJP and its leaders. While some want total amnesty and regularisation, their former Union Minister Jagmohan is opposing all such things. They should first set their house in order,'' he remarked.

Promising to resolve all issues during the one-year moratorium, Mr. Reddy lavished praise on Mr. Maken for having done a tremendous job in the Ministry and giving a proper direction to the will of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Mr. Maken said laws had become outdated and needed to be changed. "Everybody wants Delhi to become a world class city but this cannot happen without the poor being taken care of," he added. Promising an end to "Inspector Raj" in the coming days, Mr. Maken said the one-year period would require a lot of hard work and policy initiatives in order to ensure that benefit is passed not only to shopkeepers but also to hawkers, vendors and those living in the slum clusters. He promised "Nav Nirman" of Delhi after the new policy initiatives are put in place.

Mr. Ram Babu Sharma said once again the Congress had proved that it cared for the weaker sections of society and the poor.

Applauding the role of Dr. Manmohan Singh and Ms. Gandhi, the DPCC president said it was due to the dynamic leadership of Mr. Maken and the direction of Mr. Reddy and Ms. Gandhi that lakhs of families had been given relief.

Prominent among others present on the occasion were MPs Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler; Delhi Mayor Farhad Suri; MLAs Mahabal Mishra, Anil Bhardwaj, Vijay Lochav, senior leader, Hasan Ahmed, Bansi Lal Mehta, Sunil Baja, Raj Kumar Kohli and Dinesh Gupta.

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