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DDA rejects land allotment for Mohalla Clinics

NEW DELHI: Delhi government is facing problems to set up 1,000 Mohalla Clinics across the city as the main land-owned agency Delhi Development Authority (DDA) outrightly rejected to allot land for Mohalla Clinics without the amendment in Master Plan-21. As DDA member and Malviya Nagar MLA Somnath Bharti raised the issue of unjustified denial of land by the DDA for construction of Mohalla Clinics, the Authority meeting was held under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governornor Anil Baijal on Tuesday.

"My submission was based on the response given by the DDA to the Delhi government's Health Department that since no specific land has been earmarked for Mohalla Clinics in the Master Plan for Delhi (MPD) 2021, there no land can be allotted for these clinics (Please find the DDA letter and the sites which were selected for Mohalla Clinics," Bharti said in meeting.

"I pointed out that mere technical terminology used for the word Mohalla Clinics cannot be the sole ground for rejecting land allotment for Mohalla Clinics, primary health centres. Dispensaries and other related terms are mentioned in the MPD, and such terminologies can be put in place to allow Delhiites to have access to this important primary health care model," said AAP legislature Bharti.

LG Baijal referred the matter to DDA and asked it to have a re-look into the matter. Earlier, Delhi Development Authority planning has intimated that, no specific land can be earmarked in the layout plan as norms for the without amendment in Master plan.

Further, Planning Wing, DDA has also intimated that the request for introduction of Mohalla clinics in MPD-2021 needs to be examined by the concerned agencies and may be forwarded in prescribed format along with suggested norms for the same.

Interestingly, the BJP representatives in the DDA, again opposed the land allotment for Mohalla Clinics in the

meeting, without any concrete basis. "I am of the firm opinion that primary health care is the right of citizens and when the government is ready to set-up these facilities at the door-step, there should be no politics in this matter and everybody should come together to provide best healthcare for the people," said Bharti.

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