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  Metros   Delhi  18 Mar 2018  Hard decisions must be taken, says Puri

Hard decisions must be taken, says Puri

Published : Mar 18, 2018, 2:16 am IST
Updated : Mar 18, 2018, 2:16 am IST

The housing and urban affairs minister said the master plan had already been amended around 248 times.

Hardeep Singh Puri
 Hardeep Singh Puri

New Delhi: As the AAP-led Delhi government continues to oppose the ongoing sealing drive in the national capital, Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said “hard decisions” need to be taken to make the city a livable place even though the measure may attract brickbats from some quarters.

Reacting to the demand of an ordinance by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to stop the drive, Puri said there was a tendency to “highlight victimhood” as part of “populist politics” in a democracy.

The Union minister said the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had “every right” to amend the Master Plan 2021 to solve the problems of Delhi, even as he held the previous governments at the Centre and state responsible for such a situation in the national capital.

“Sealing or rectification of violation of master plan would not be necessary if the concerned authorities had been doing their job...We have every right to frame policies and we have every right to revise the master plan,” he told PTI in an interview.

The housing and urban affairs minister said the master plan had already been amended around 248 times.

“We have analysed the problems which have arisen as a result of sealing as well as its causes. Now we have substantive proposals to rectify the situation. At the end of the day, everyone’s objective is to make Delhi a livable city,” he said stressing on the need for amendments in the master plan.

The former bureaucrat said the master plan, formulated in 2007, “did not anticipate” the demographic and infrastructure pressure the city would be subjected to, leading to violation of the plan and encroachments on government land.

“How do you rectify this? One is you go and demolish- which is not the intention. After hearing all the interested parties, traders,  RWAs, we have framed a proposal which is designed to make Delhi a more livable place,” he said.

The HUA ministry has suggested amendments in the Master Plan 2021 to address the sealing drive, which is marked with violence and bandh called by traders. The ruling AAP in the city has demanded an ordinance to stop the drive, while the Congress has accused the Centre and the state government for “inappropriate” handling of the situation.

In any democracy, Puri said there was a “tendency to play victim and highlight victimhood”.

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