DDA press conference

Shri Sanjay Kumar Srivastava new 
Vice-Chairman, DDA 

Shri Sanjay Kumar Srivastava, Additional Secretary, 1980 Batch of IAS of AGMUT cadre, took over as Vice-Chairman, DDA on 13th August, 2012. A Postgraduate in Botany, a Law Graduate as well as MBA from Australia, Shri Srivastava brings with him long and varied experience of various sectors of governance and development to DDA. He has worked in various capacities in north-east as well as in Govt. of India. Initial period of his service was in Senapati District of Manipur where he was posted as Deputy Collector / Deputy Commissioner. In Government of India he has worked in various ministries such as Director in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, as Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Food and Public Distribution, Government of India etc. He is not new to the city of Delhi as he has worked as a Principal Secretary Services and Vigilance in Government of NCT of Delhi. Prior to his joining DDA, he was Chief Secretary, Government of Goa for more than 3 years.
DDA press conference – brief of discussion:

Priority will be citizen’s centric, planning and development and delivery of services. It will be my endeavour to ensure increased participatory planning by involving all citizens and analyzing their suggestions and objections for the planning process in a holistic manner so that all citizens and the City benefit from such a Planning. The review of Master Plan-2021 which has already been taken up will be completed as scheduled by December, 2012. This process, eventhough participatory at present, will be made more participatory and more transparent by involving more and more citizens and groups in the process.

 Delivery of services will be improved by ensuring complete computerization of processes and transactions. All Stand Alone Systems, which exists in DDA at present like ‘Bhoomi’ and ‘Awas’, will be integrated to have a total management information system which can help not only in effective decision making but also tracking pendencies, deliveries etc. As you are aware, a software for monitoring legal cases has already been launched. The software is operational in all the District Courts, High Court, Supreme Court and Consumer Forums and on all Desk Tops in Vikas Sadan and Vikas Minar in a web enabled mode. The Law Officers of DDA are required to update the status of the Court cases and they can do so from anywhere using user IDs and Passwords allotted to them. The System generates weekly reports of the pendency of cases, weekly status of all court cases where the date of hearing is due. Reminders and reports are also available in the system to facilitate proper monitoring. The System is expected to be very useful for timely monitoring the Court cases so that there is adequate preparation time and presentation of case.

The process of conversion from leasehold to freehold will be totally computerized so that citizens do not have to repeatedly visit DDA for such conversion. A software has been developed for the process and soon we will be able to launch it as at present test runs are being done. Through this software any person will be able to apply on line for conversion from anywhere in the world. He/ she will be able to track the status and also fulfill deficiencies through e-mails. E-mails for deficiencies will also be generated and sent to applicants in an automated manner. It is expected that as soon as this software is launched, a number of allottees will be able to benefit and it will result in a lot of convenience for our allottees.

In the field of housing, I understand that 20000 EWS houses have been taken up at Dwarka and Rohini, about 25000 are at the tender stage and further many more are at the conceptual stage. The target of completion of one lakh houses which will include in-situ rehabilitation of identified JJ clusters, within a period of three years has been set up and I will ensure that this target is achieved timely and with efficiency. Apart from these houses about 9650 houses are at various stages of construction and will be soon completed.

Greening and developing Biodiversity Parks is one of the thrust areas of D.D.A. Yamuna River Front has a total length of 22 Kms. This is being developed as a project for recreational facilities and bio diversity parks. The zone has already been analyzed for existing pockets of bio diversity potential and after locating the site potential, the land will be carved out as Core Biodiversity Zone, Interactive Biodiversity Zone and Public Recreation Zone and finally a series of green linkages will connect all these biodiversity zones which will provide a movement corridor for wild life and provide habitat for Avi-fauna. The Golden Jubilee Park is part of Yamuna River Front Development and has an area of 251 hec. The work in the first phase of this park has been taken up. In this project, Public Recreation Zone will have activity like amphitheatre, plaza, Information Centre, Exhibition Space, Food Courts, children play area, maintained greens, walkways, cycling track etc. It will have a number of water bodies with pedestrian tracks, cycling tracks, meandering through the side.

The second phase of this park will be developed with all the facilities for recreation and preservation of ecosystem. The material to be used for the development of both Phase I and Phase II has been given careful consideration and only bamboo which is eco friendly is proposed to be used.

Grievances Redressal System, which is in a decentralized form at present, will be reviewed and we will try to evolve a system where customer does not have to visit DDA office repeatedly. Work in this direction will be taken up. It will involve not only computerization but also providing time schedules for all activities of DDA by revising the citizens charter. Earlier only 10 activities had been provided time schedules under citizen charter. Now activities of all departments having public interface have been included. The revised charter will be soon ready.

In the field of sports apart from usual upgradation and development, the football stadium, which is being planned at Dwarka, will be taken up speedily after the same is redesigned as per the suggestions of the concerned experts. This Football Stadium will be the first of its kind in the city of Delhi.

DDA, as you know, has planned three urban extension roads which will encircle the city and provide connectivity to various places in the city. UER-I will provide connectivity from Wazirabad Bye pass to NH-I via Narela, Bhawana, Tikri Kalan to NH-10 via Mithrao – Bijwasan to NH-8 and Rajokari. It will have a total length of 57.24 Kms. UER-II will provide connectivity from Wazirabad Bye pass to NH-1 via Rohini Phase IV and V to NH- 10 and via Mundka- Bakkarwala – Dichokalan- Najafgar- Chawla- Dwaria to NH-8 and via Shiv murthi- Zone J to NH-2 upto Badarpur. It will have a total length of 79.12 Kms. UER-III will provide connectivity from Wazirabad Bye pass (P-III) – NH1 – Bakhtawar Pur – Badli – Rohini Phase-III – Begampur – Amar Colony to NH-8 and will have a total length of 20.08 Kms. The work on UER – II has already been started. The work on the other two roads will be started as soon as the land in question is free from encumbrances.

The work of providing electricity to parks and providing toilets in big greens of about 5 acres will be taken up speedily. The estimates for the electrical works have already been worked out and work is being started.

DDA is making concerted efforts to ensure upkeep and proper maintenance of buildings of heritage value as per the provisions of Master Plan. It has also identified six historical significant areas as ‘Heritage Zones’ and three Archaeological Parks i.e., Mehrauli, Sultan Gari and Tughlakabad. Initially DDA Urban Heritage Awards were given to create awareness regarding the built heritage of the city and later a Delhi Urban Heritage Foundation was set up under the Hon’ble Lt. Governor, Delhi. Under the aegis of Urban Heritage Foundation it has been given to understand that projects such as conservation and landscaping of Lado Sarai Tomb and renovation of Ex-Vice Regal Lodge (presently Administrative Office of University of Delhi), for which grant-in-aid for restoration work was provided by DDA, has been completed. The other projects which will be taken up speedily are conservation of Anglo Arabic Sr. Secondary School, Ajmere Gate, integrated Conservation and Urban Design proposal of Sultan Garhi tomb and its precinct, Integration of World Heritage Site with Archaeological Park. with Quli Khan Tomb Complex and landscaping and environmental improvement of Quli Khan Tomb, restoration of Cathedral Church of Redemption, Church road. Grant to the tune of Rs. 15 lakhs in aid to be provided for immediate works for restoration of Bengali Club Kashmere Gate . For Hazarat Nizamuddin Basti Urban Renewal Master Plan Rs. 3 crores will be provided in a time span of three years to the Aga Khan Trust for Art and Culture for the project.