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Delhi govt allows higher educational institutes to operate

Delhi government on Monday decided to permit existing higher educational institutions to operate from Lal-Dora and other non-conforming areas for the academic year 2012-13. Lal-dora refers to village land exempted from building bye-laws and strict construction norms.

‘It has been decided to allow the educational institutions to continue functioning from those areas,’ Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said after a cabinet meeting.

She said the decision has been taken to ensure continuity of education.

The institutions will have permission to increase the number of courses and the intake of students but no new construction would be allowed, officials said.

These institutes, numbering over 10, were given similar extension since 2007.

As per government norms, shopping malls or any other commercial complex is strictly prohibited in Lal Dora land as it is meant for villagers only. Most of the educational institutions in Lal Dora and extended Lal Dora are affiliated to Guru Govind Singh Indraprashtha University.

Dikshit said the cabinet gave its nod for an amendment to the Delhi Water Board Act, 1998 to make provision for nomination of one councillor each from the three municipal corporations in DJB.
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