Develop rural Delhi: Dikshit to legislators

New Delhi, May 14 (IANS) With an eye to assembly elections which are due in November, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Tuesday asked legislators to expedite the development work in the rural areas of the capital.

She referred to those projects which have already been approved by the Rural Development Board which is vested with the responsibility of creating infrastructural facilities.

“In a meeting of the Rural Development Board, the chief minster asked MLAs to execute the development works to ensure proper development in rural villages,” said an official of the Delhi government.

While MLAs, who are also the members of the board, demanded execution of development works they also stressed upon the need of streamlining the developmental works by irrigation and flood control department, Delhi’s three municipal corporations and Delhi Jal Board.

She also stated that the government would consider utilisation of panchayat department fund on development in rural areas.

The 46-member board had approved development works in rural villages in May 2012. The rural population as per 2011 census was 4.19 lakh.

Out of the total area of 1,483 sq.km. of Delhi, 369.35 sq. km are rural and 1,113.65 sq.km are urban.

The meeting was attended by Development Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan, Health Minister A.K. Walia, Transport Minister Ramakant Goswami, and chairman (Rural Development Board) Mangat Ram Singhal besides 15 legislators.

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