Dedicated funds of Rs 3,723 cr for unauthorised colonies in Delhi budget

The Government of Delhi has proposed dedicated funds worth Rs 3,723 crore for the development of unauthorised colonies and slum clusters in the national capital. Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister of the capital presented the annual budget for fiscal 2020-21 on Monday, March 23.

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Sisodia said, “Development works are in progress in 1,281 colonies of 1,797 unauthorised colonies in Delhi. Development work in all colonies will be completed by the end of 2020-21.”

The Government also announced a budget of Rs 400 crore for proposed Chief Minister Local Area Development scheme which is meant to support the development works at the local level. Also, additional funds of Rs 450 crore has been kept aside for the Mukhyamantri Sadak Purothan Yojana.

Further, Sisodia in his presentation notified the Mukhya Mantri Awas Yojna scheme under which slum dwellers will be rehabilitated and provided with the ‘pucca houses’ as promised by the government under the ‘Jahan Jhuggi Wahan Makan’ before the elections. For the implementation of the scheme, the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) will be the nodal agency.

For ‘CM Mohalla Suraksha Yojana’, the Minister announced a budget allocation of Rs 100 crore. The yojana aims to take care of the safety and security of people in every nook and corner of the city. In a bid to remove dark corners in the city, the Delhi government have allocated budget for augmenting existing street lights and install new ones wherever required, especially in slums and JJ clusters.

The Government of Delhi, in the outcome budget presentation, said that an amount of Rs 902 crore had been allocated exclusively for repairing of roads, widening of drains and construction of new drains in unauthorised colonies. The government said, “The DSIIDC has completed improvement work in 59 colonies at a cost of Rs 279 crore and has already awarded work for 116 colonies at a total cost of  Rs 462 crore.”

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