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   New Delhi: In his second stint at Raj Bhavan, Delhi’s new lieutenant governor (L-G), Tejendra Khanna, plans to start a 24-hour control room to take care of citizens’ grievances. Giving a peaceful life to citizens is the first priority, he said.  

      Mr Khanna, a 1961 batch IAS officer, announced this soon after he was sworn in on Thursday by the chief justice of the Delhi High Court, Justice Mukundakam Sharma. A similar control room had functioned from the Raj Bhavan during Khanna’s earlier stint in 1997-98.    

 Appealing to citizens to abide by the law and promising a severe crackdown in case of any violations, he said: ‘‘Any citizen with any kind of grievance can approach the control room whose primary objective will be to give justice to the people… It is necessary for any government to be people friendly and even the man on the road in his humble chappals should get the benefit of the services.’’      

Asked about the problems posed by the multiplicity of authorities in
Delhi, he said: ‘‘In view of the upcoming Commonwealth Games, it is imperative that all authorities work together to give the country global recognition. All projects need to be completed in a time-bound manner. An empowered group will be formed to ensure better coordination for implementation of critical projects.’’

   This, he added, is an ‘‘agenda for hope’’.  Eight resource personnel groups would be formed to ensure that people have a say in critical policy issues like public health, law and order and tourism.     A real estate commission would be set up to keep digital land records put together through ground and aerial surveys and also to crack down on any kind of violation of construction laws or misuse of land. The latter would also be looked into by a committee of experts. 

       Mr Khanna had earlier headed a committee that looked into violation of building bylaws in the capital. Many suggestions of the committee went on to be included in the MPD 2021.

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