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Scuffle in House over regularisation

Scuffle in House over regularisation
The issue of regularisation of unauthorised colonies by Delhi government led to a physical clash between Treasury and Opposition benches in the House meeting of North Corporation on Monday. Later in the day, BJP councillors led by Leader of the House Mahender Nagpal lodged a police complaint in the Kamla Nagar police station against Congress councillor Bhumi Rachhoa’s husband Chhatar Singh Rachhoa for illegal entry in the House and engaging in the scuffle.

As the meeting of the House of North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) started, Congress councillors led by Mukesh Goel, leader of Opposition in NDMC and former chairman of Standing Committee in erstwhile Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), demanded passing of Thanks-giving Resolution supporting the regularisation initiative.

 The initiative has been taken by Delhi government and Union Minister for Urban Development Kamal Nath, announcing regularisation of 972 unauthorised colonies in Delhi.

The BJP councillor protested the move and demanded a discussion about the ‘anomaly’ in the regularisation process and termed the entire exercise as cheating.  The Congress councillors then strted shouting anti-BJP slogans and reached the Well, forcing the Mayor Mira Aggarwal to adjourn the meeting for 10 minutes. When the House resumed, the Opposition again started with the slogan raising, demanding passing of Thanks-giving resolution, which went on for over an hour. Amid the squabble, the Mayor tried to bring House to the order but nothing could be heard above the din.

INLD, BSP members and Independents also tried to persuade both the parties to let the House function properly but to no avail. Meanwhile, Opposition councillors snatched the papers of the municipal secretary officers and scattered them. The councillors then rose on the table of secretary benches. Meanwhile, the Mayor asked the Leader of House to take up the agenda. Even as the agenda was being passed in a hurried manner, Congress councillor snatched it and gave it to Mukesh Goel, who put it on the table of the mayor.

‘BJP wants to delay the process of regularisation till next Delhi Assembly elections for their political gains. Delhi government in 2009-10 had sent the layout plans of 622 colonies,  of which a sub-committee of MCD found only 14 colonies eligible for regularisation but even those 14 were never put for consideration in the Standing Committee meetings,’ said Mukesh Goel, Leader of Opposition in NDMC.


CORRUPTION IN WORK ON UNAUTHORISED COLONIES: BJP


Delhi BJP on Monday alleged large scale corruption in the name of development work in unauthorised colonies here by Delhi State Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) and demanded that cases be registered against ministers concerned and officials.

Claiming that CBI has found irregularities amounting to crores of rupees in the development works, Delhi BJP chief Vijender Gupta said the investigating agency has forwarded the report to Chief Vigilance Officer of DSIIDC to initiate action against the officials.

Gupta said the Delhi Cabinet had laid down guidelines for undertaking development work in unauthorised colonies and under this, construction of roads, drains and some other works were awarded to DSIIDC.

He claimed the projects were completed by 2009 but on inspection of these works, the CBI found out that work orders worth Rs 600 crore were divided into 884 parts ‘deliberately’ to show each work order’s value less than Rs one crore to avoid chief technical officer’s approval.

‘CBI had written a letter to Chief Vigilance Officer of DSIIDC to levy penalties on superintending engineers and other officers in this action and asked the officer to apprise the probe agency of the action taken. Delhi government should inform the public what action has been taken. Whether any criminal complaint has been lodged in this case or any disciplinary action has been initiated or not,’ Gupta said. He claimed after construction of concrete roads, sewer lines and drains were laid, which meant the concrete roads had to be dug up again. ‘Also, the raw material used for this purpose was sub-standard,’ Gupta alleged.

The BJP leader also asked Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit to bring out a notification and clear confusion regarding whether the recent announcement of regularisation of over 900 unauthorised colonies would be a collective one or on an individual basis.

‘Lack of clarity on the issue is hampering public from getting crucial information,’ he said, adding that the government should clear the picture on this immediately.
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