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'46 years needed to make Delhi slum-free'

46 years needed to make Delhi slum-free
Delhi BJP president Vijender Gupta has accused the ruling Congress government of misleading people with false promises and claimed that her promise to make Delhi slum-free by 2014 was practically not feasible as government does not have any fool-proof scheme to back it up.

'If government works at such slow pace Delhi will become slum free only after 46 years. The present government has neither willpower nor work strategy to fulfill the promises,' said Vijender Gupta.

'The Congress is frustrated with its defeat in municipal elections in Delhi and has actually started preparations for upcoming assembly elections so misleading people with false promises,' he added.

Gupta quoted from data collected by non governmental agencies, according to which about 31 lakh people live in the slum clusters of Delhi. However, government data pegged the slum dwellers at only 4.18 lakh. There are 14,000 flats available for allotment under Rajiv Ratan scheme whereas the Urban Development Ministry has received 2,77,518 lakh applications for the flats. The government has planned to shift 500 families every month to about 14,000 houses constructed under Rajiv Ratan Awas Yojna.

'If one believes in the scheme of Delhi government, then 6,000 families shall be getting flats every year. This way 2,77,518 applicants shall get flats in about 46 years, whereas the government claims that it will make Delhi a slum-free city by the year 2014,' said Gupta.

According to Gupta, even during the last assembly elections, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had made false promises. 'In 2008, [Sheila Dikshit] had told the residents of unauthorised colonies that she would regularise their colonies and allot pucca flats to the residents of the slum clusters in election meetings,' said Gupta.

Even the Lokayukta of Delhi had earlier written to the President of India to caution Dikshit against making such false promises, said Gupta.
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