NEW DELHI: Among Delhi government’s main demands for full statehood has been control over land. Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia had said on various occasions that Delhi is being forced to buy its own land at high rates to develop infrastructure for the city. Now, with urban development (UD) ministry having agreed to slash rates for land acquisition for the state government, plans are afoot to push projects under education, transport, health, etc.
“There were some projects that were on hold due to unavailability of land. The AAP government also has a huge budget for health and education, with the intention of creating infrastructure like clinics, hospitals and schools. So far, the government had been unable to process many of the plans since it had been unable to purchase land from DDA. After the ministry’s decision, many of the projects will be fast tracked,” said an official.
Preparations are underway to identify projects that will be taken up. Other than schools and hospitals, these will also include things like fire stations and bus depots.
The draft bill on full statehood which the government released in May, made this point as well. “It is ironical that to develop infrastructure for Delhi, we are being forced to buy our own land from DDA and that too at market rates. Why are Delhiites being made to pay for their own resources?” Sisodia had said.
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