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Delhi’s villages to get new lease of life

Delhi’s villages to get new lease of life
The villages in Delhi will now be developed and provided civic amenities on the pattern of colonies as South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) is working on a proposal to increase budget allocation for these villages for over five times.

‘Its shocking that the strength of sanitation workers in these villages is same as was allocated over 100 years ago. The area and population of these villages has increased many fold but the number of sanitation workers remain same as was allocated in 1908 in British period,’ said Rajesh Gehlot, chairman of Standing Committee of SDMC. Gehlot himself hail from Najazgarh zone which has maximum villages in Delhi. ‘There are only two to three sanitation workers allocated for most of the villages, which need at least 20 workers for providing and maintaining proper sanitation,’ added Gehlot. Some of the worst affected villages are Sarangpur, Galibpur, Dorala, Dariyapur and Rawata which have 3,000 to 4,000 people living there.

Presenting the budget for development of these village in the standing committee, the chairman of Najafgarh ward committee Kuldeep Solanki demanded the municipal commissioner to increase the development budget from the present Rs 7 crore to Rs 40 crore for 2013-2014. ‘These villages are left in development and need immediate attention of the corporation as they are inhabited by people who gave their land for establishment of Delhi,’ said Solanki.

He further demanded to increase the number of pensioners from 700 to 750 and also increase the amount of pension from Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,500 per month. ‘The allocation for plantation in parks should be increased from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 25 lakh and for maintenance and upkeep of parks a separate budget of Rs 30 lakh must be provided,’ added Solanki. He also proposed several measures to increase the revenue like bringing the establishments, shops, factories and weekly markets of Najafgarh zone under trade license net by doing a fresh survey.
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