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Regularization of colonies: AAP govt. to use real time surveys to clear bottlenecks

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New Delhi: Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party government has decided not to use satellite images in determining boundaries of what are called unauthorized colonies – which has proved to be a bottleneck for years in their regularization – and instead go in for real-time surveys, officials said.

After the government found that satellite images lacked accuracy in determining the boundaries, the Arvind Kejriwal government has employed Total Station Machine (TSM) Survey for the task – a method officials describe as “more accurate and reliable”.

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses at the flagging-off ceremony of Mechanical Sweepers at Kalibari Marg in New Delhi, on June 4, 2015. (Photo: IANS)Following irregularities in the process of authorizing such settlements in 2012, the then Sheila Dikshit-led Congress government had asked the Survey of India to provide satellite images for verifying built-up areas in these settlements.

“There were many problems in determining boundaries through satellite images. You cannot rely on satellite images when it comes to unauthorized colonies in Delhi,” a government official told IANS.

“TSM is more of a manual method. People engaged in surveying will go to these colonies with equipment. It is an important step. You cannot progress in regularizing colonies till you demarcate their boundaries,” he added.

“The good part is that people engaged in the survey will visit these colonies.”

In the method, an electronic or optical instrument theodolite, used in modern surveying and building construction, as it can measure slope distance, vertical angle, and horizontal angle from a set-up point to a foresight point is employed.

“Two private agencies had been hired to do this. It will be first used in the 895 unauthorized colonies notified for regularization,” the official said.

Like the previous Congress regime, the AAP government has also promised to regularize unauthorized colonies.

The Dikshit government had in 2008 decided to regularize 895 of the 1,639 unauthorized colonies. However, none of them has been regularized till date.

“It is the boundary issue. How will you prepare a layout if the boundary is not there,” a senior government official, who did not want to be named, told IANS.

Of 1.18 crore people in Delhi, some 50 lakh live in unauthorized settlements which are devoid of basic facilities.

The AAP government had this week said that it would work towards the regularization of the national capital’s unauthorized colonies by initiating steps like boundary fixation and asking the MCD to prepare layout plans for such colonies. (IANS)

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BJP Holds Arvind Kejriwal Responsible For Sanitation Worker’s Death

According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain

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The new move the Arvind Kejriwal's party denounces the concept of digitalization
The new move the Arvind Kejriwal's party denounces the concept of digitalization

The BJP on Monday held Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal responsible for the death of a sanitation worker in a drain saying that the government was playing with their lives as they are not given protective gear.

“This is not the first time that such an incident has happened. Due to the negligence of the government, sanitation staff goes for cleaning sewers and dies there after inhaling toxic fumes. They are never saved even after rescue operations,” Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari told reporters here.

His remarks come a day after a sanitation worker choked to death after he got trapped inside an underground drain while cleaning it in north Delhi’s Jahroda area.

The work of cleaning the drain was being carried out by the Delhi government’s flood control department.

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“Sanitation workers are our helpers and Kejriwal government is playing with their lives,” he said.

Highlighting the deaths of sanitation workers in Delhi in the past few years, the BJP MP from the North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency said that in September 2018, five sanitation workers died while in August 2017, 10 died inside sewers.

“Kejriwal is responsible for the deaths of sanitation workers who die while cleaning sewers and the investigating agencies should take action against him,” he said.

Attacking Kejriwal, Tiwari said, “During the last three to four years, more than 60 workers have died.”

Arvind Kejriwal giving speech suring chanda bandh satyagrah
Arvind Kejriwal giving speech during chanda bandh satyagrah

He also accused Kejriwal of not fulfilling his promise of providing safety equipment to sewer workers and mechanical sweeping.

A senior Delhi Police official said that it has registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code over the death of the sanitation worker.

The sanitation worker has been identified as Kishan, 37, a resident of north Delhi’s Wazirabad area.

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According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain.

His body was taken out from the drain by a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) late on Sunday night. (IANS)