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Delhi govt hits out at Puri over Master Plan claim

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |

Published: December 10, 2019 2:50:17 am

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Saying that “bureaucrats don’t keep ministers in the loop on matters related to land, which is a reserved subject”, the Delhi authorities Monday rejected Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri’s claim that it stalled notification of the redevelopment plan for particular areas, ready by the North MCD and the DDA in 2017.

Puri implied that had the redevelopment plan been notified, the proliferation of unlawful industrial models in areas resembling Anaj Mandi — which additionally falls inside a particular space — may have been stopped.

The Delhi authorities Monday launched file monitoring data, claiming that the file involved reached Urban Development Minister Satyendar Jain’s workplace on August 26, 2019, and was cleared in a day. As per data, Law Minister Kailash Gahlot had acquired the file on July 15 and had cleared it in a day as properly. On December 5, Chief Secretary Vijay Kumar Dev despatched the file to Lt Governor Anil Baijal.

“The elected government of Delhi has been kept out of the entire process of Master Plans by the DDA and other wings of the central government, citing that it has no say in the matter since land is a reserved subject under the Constitution, meaning it is under the exclusive domain of the Central government like police and public order,” Jain’s workplace stated.

Apart from claiming that the plan was accepted by North company in March 2017, Puri stated that the complete proposal was despatched to the Urban Development Department of Delhi authorities for notification in official gazette in April 2017. However, the Delhi authorities stated Puri was “exploiting” a tragic incident “for political reasons and it is unbecoming of a union ministry to become a part of this dangerous game”.

Meanwhile, the Delhi authorities has notified three separate committees to advocate methods to strengthen fireplace security norms in teaching centres, nursing properties and eating places and resorts. The panels, which have been requested to submit reviews to a committee beneath the Chief Secretary inside two months, had been notified on November 27.

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