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Development in unauthorised colonies: Irrigation dept gets nod to work with DSIIDC

NEW DELHI: In addition to the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC), development works at unauthorised colonies will now be carried out by the Delhi government's Irrigation and Flood Control department.
A proposal for the same was approved in a meeting of the Delhi Cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, here on Wednesday.
Kejriwal had reviewed development works in unauthorised colonies on August 25.
The various works have been divided into four categories, namely 'colonies where development works have been completed'; 'colonies where works have been sanctioned and are in progress'; 'colonies which have been identified, but estimates are yet to be prepared'; and 'colonies where work has not commenced'.
"It was felt that DSIIDC is the only executing agency to carry out development works in unauthorised colonies, related to construction of roads and drains, and there is a need to engage another agency to expedite the works," said a government spokesperson.
The Finance department will provide additional funds to the executing agencies for work in unauthorised colonies, the official added.
"The government has decided to develop roads and drainage system in all unauthorised colonies within two years," another official said.
The move could benefit lakhs of people living in such colonies, a major vote bank of the Aam Aadmi Party.
A couple of months ago, the government had submitted a report on how drains in unauthorised colonies are choking, causing traffic snarls.
As per the 17-page report, main factors for flooding of drains are mushrooming unauthorised colonies which have no basic civic amenities, including sewerage and storm water drainage system, mixed flow of sewage and storm water, inadequate municipal waste collection and disposal system, poor sweeping mechanism, excessive concretisation of road berms, waste from dairy colonies including cow dung and dumping of solid waste, and construction and demolition waste in the drains.
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