New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Sunday announced that her government will soon take steps to make Dwarka a model sub-city and regularise the remaining unauthorised colonies in the capital.

For developing Dwarka, she said her government is starting a city bus service from unauthorised colonies around Ambarahi village with Dwarka besides initiating the setting up of a 750-bed super speciality hospital, a maternal clinic and construction of four bridges in nearby localities.

In an apparent reference to activist Arvind Kejriwal, she said her government is concentrating on development and warned people against falling in the trap of "mischievous and misleading elements, seasonal frogs" who are all out to looking for electoral gains.

On tackling water shortage in Dwarka, Dikshit said she would exhort Haryana to render constructive help in commissioning of Munak Canal for which Delhi government has given Rs 360 crore and once commissioned, it would help ease the problem.

The Chief Minister made these announcements while inaugurating a 119 m long bridge, constructed at a cost of Rs five crore, across Najafgarh drain at Ambarahi village. The new bridge will connect colonies near Ambarahi to other developed parts in Dwarka.

Emphasising that her government is providing top priority on infrastructure development, Dikshit said, "we will make Dwarka a model sub-city."

"The government is keen to see a smile on each and every citizen. The city has witnessed a sea change as far as all-round development is concerned. Government has also decided to accelerate the implementation of various welfare schemes."

She said four more bridges on Najafgarh drain are being constructed to provide an effective link to unauthorized colonies around Ambarahi with Dwarka and that a new city bus service, which is on the anvil, will help residents.

"Currently the residents have to travel five km on their own for bus services. This will change," she said. Referring to regularisation of colonies, Dikshit said the unauthorized colonies awaiting legal status will soon be regularised.

"The very decision of regularisation would benefit house owners to become multi-millionaires as the value of their land would increase manifold with acceleration in development works.

"This would facilitate grant of ownership rights to the poor house owners as the decision to allow sale purchase in recently unauthorised colonies has been initiated," she said, adding that the recent announcement to regularise colonies had provided relief to around 40 lakh people.     

Dikshit also said that unauthorised colonies that came up in rural parts under Matiala Assembly seat would be developed on the lines of Dwarka.

Delhi Health Minister A K Walia said Rs 350 crore hasbeen sanctioned for developmental plans under Matiala Assembly constituency.

He said connectivity of Goyala diaries and nearby colonies would be expanded bringing people close to the main Dwarka colonies.

(Agencies)


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