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Delhi govt okays setting up of DUDA

The Delhi Cabinet on Thursday approved the proposal of constituting the Delhi Urban Development Agency (DUDA) in each district to work as central agency for the execution of development projects as well as maintenance of public assets.

According to a senior government official, DUDA will execute the works recommended by the citizens under ‘Swaraj Fund’ and those proposed by MLAs through MLA-LAD Fund.

“The total annual allocation which is at present Rs 4 crore will be released by Delhi finance department in two equal installment of Rs 1.50 crore to district authority. The second installment will be released after furnishing the provisional utilisation certificate in prescribed formate covering at least 80 per cent of expenditure of the first installment,” said a finance department official.

The purpose of constituting DUDA was to end the confusion of multiplicity of several government agencies working in the areas. 

“It will work as a central agency for executing all the development work. It will bring more transparency and accountability,” a senior official said.

The DUDA at each district will function with existing staff, district magistrate office and deputy commissioner office. Every district magistrate will also be provided with one division of PWD. 

The executive engineer under the administrative control of the respective district magistrate and for technical purposes will work under the superintending engineer/chief engineer of their respective zone of PWD.

DUDA will be formed in each district and would be headed by the district magistrate, who will be assisted by a team of engineers. 

The proposal for DUDA was tabled in Delhi assembly during the budget session last month.

“There are a number of agencies for public works like improvement of roads, renovation of drains and renovation of parks or street lights. But in reality, none of the agencies take ownership of these public works,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisoida said while proposing DUDA.

He also highlighted that the same work in unauthorised colonies had also been assigned to municipal corporations, PWD and DSIIDC. The move to create DUDA was for better administrative control and supervision.

Government claims it would facilitate in improving the accountability, efficiency and transparency in delivery of public services. 
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