CAG points to Rs 2,800-cr fraud in regularisation

Aug 14 2013, 09:32 IST
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SummaryThe BJPís Delhi unit on Tuesday said a CAG report on regularisation of unauthorised colonies in Delhi has blamed the Congress government of irregularities.

Demanding a high-level probe in disbursal of provisional certificates of regularisation to colonies in the capital, the BJPís Delhi unit on Tuesday said a CAG report on regularisation of unauthorised colonies in Delhi has blamed the Congress government of irregularities.

Speaking at a press conference, Delhi BJP chief Vijay Goel said the national auditor has exposed the fraud committed by the Congress-led Delhi government in the name of regularisation of unauthorised colonies.

ďThe provisional regularisation certificates for 1,600 unauthorised colonies issued to the representatives of the RWAs by Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit have been found to be in blatant violation of the Supreme Courtís orders and directives. The Congress government has carried out a scam of Rs 2,800 crore in the name of regularisation of 1,600 unauthorised colonies. The CAG report clearly shows that no development work has been carried out in these colonies even though the Congress government claims that it has spent Rs 2,800 crore on the same,Ē Goel said.

He said the real beneficiaries of the scheme were ignored as provisional certificates were issued without proper verification of residents and colonies.

Rajesh Gehlot, chairman of the standing committee, South corporation, said until corporation clears the layout plan, none of the colonies can be regularised. He even blamed the Congress government for deliberately holding up the regularisation process.

ďWe have approved the layout plans so many colonies, yet the government is sitting on them. We said we will pay for drawing up the layout plans of these colonies but the government then went on to put a clause that only residents can pay this cost,Ē Gehlot alleged.

Goel alleged that at least 160 colonies, which did not exist, were given provisional regularisation certificates by the Congress government. It was in the run-up to the 2008 Assembly elections that the government had announced the regularisation nearly 1,600 unauthorised colonies in the capital. Dikshit had even distributed provisional regularisation certificates to each of these colonies at the time. It was only in September last year that 895 colonies were approved for regularisation. In the months that followed, the Delhi government regularised an additional 200 such colonies.

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