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Even after 18 years DDA fails to take a decision

By Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar

NEW DELHI, AUG. 16 . Eighteen years after it made a payment of Rs 15 lakhs to the Delhi Development Authority for allotment of land at Tehkhand village in South Delhi for opening a Government school, the Directorate of Education is still struggling to get the plot allotted for opening and running the proposed school.

The delay in the allotment process shows the concern DDA has for students in the Capital. Also, it reflects the approach of the Authority in dealing with issues of social importance. This case in particular assumes significance as after promising allotment of the said plot of land to the Directorate of Education, the DDA later backtracked on its promise. It recently informed that an alternative school site would be allotted in lieu of the land promised earlier.

The Directorate of Education has already sent eight reminders to the DDA on the subject. Its Assistant Director of Education (Land), M.D. Goyal, had in the eighth reminder mentioned that the payment of Rs 15 lakhs was made to the DDA by the Directorate through the Public Works Department way back on July 31, 1986.

However, while the allotment was to be made in Tehkhand village for opening a Government school, the Directorate has been waiting "without any gain'' since. The letter to the Deputy Director (Institutional Land) of DDA, also mentions how the former Director (Land) of DDA, Asma Manzer, had through a letter sent on October 25, 2000, stated that the matter regarding allotment of land in Tehkhand was under consideration. Further, the letter notes that during a meeting held in the chamber of the Minister of Education of the Government of Delhi, a representative of the DDA informed that an alternative school site will be allotted to the Directorate of Education in lieu of the land which was to be allotted earlier.

Mr Goyal, who retired on July 31, said till now even the alternate land had not been allotted. Meanwhile, it has been reliably learnt that the alternate plot has not been allotted even during the past fortnight and the wait for the elusive school continues.

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