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Finish devp works in illegal colonies within 5 months, CM directs officials

NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday asked officials to complete development works in unauthorised colonies within five months. The direction was given by the Chief Minister in a meeting where he reviewed development works.

Chief Minister Kejriwal would monitor the developmental works on a weekly basis and had sought a weekly report on the progress, the government said in a statement. The works included the construction of roads, drains, lanes and laying of sewer lines.

Development works continue in 781 unauthorised colonies, spread across 20 Assemblies constituencies, like Burari, Matiala, Vikaspuri, Badli, Mundka, Kirari, Nangloi, Uttam Nagar, Najafgarh, Sangam Vihar, Okhla, Badarpur, Deoli, Rohtas Nagar, Gokulpuri, Bijwasan, Chattarpur, Karawal Nagar and Patparganj.

At the meeting, the Chief Minister was informed that the work was stopped because of the election code of conduct during the Lok Sabha elections. Stating that residents of these colonies have the right to lead their lives with dignity, CM Kejriwal said, "The Delhi government has made a provision of Rs 1,500 crore in the budget for the development of these colonies."

The Chief Minister heard the version of all the concerned officials responsible for carrying out and supervising the ongoing developmental works and asked them to get in touch with him directly in case of any obstacles coming in the way of completion of these works.

The Chief Minister said that the previous governments only paid lip service to unauthorised colonies during elections and forgot the residents living there immediately after the voting was over. "People from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar residing in these colonies, who came to the national capital in search of employment and better lives, were consistently deceived by previous governments. Our government considers the residents of unauthorised colonies very close to its heart and will do justice to them," said CM Kejriwal.

The Chief Minister directed the officers to ensure that financial resources do not become a constraint in the development of unauthorised colonies. He said the government has made more than the adequate provision of financial resources for these works.

"The DDA could not keep pace with the expanding Delhi and failed to provide adequate housing in accordance with the demands of the residents of the national capital, therefore Delhi is suffering today. The Chief Minister has been inspecting the unauthorised colonies himself and he personally went across these colonies in November-December last year and at the beginning of this year," noted a statement issued by the Delhi government.

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