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Jung tells DDA to finalise revamp plan.

THE Capital's biggest land owning agency, Delhi Development Authority ( DDA), has been given two weeks to finalise a restructuring plan to bring in transparency, efficiency and accountability in its ranks.

Amid rising cases of criticism against the agency for alleged cases of corruption and bureaucratic red tape and delay in implementation of various important projects, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on Tuesday directed top DDA officials at a review meeting to finalise the restructuring plan.

Jung, who is the administrative head of DDA, asked the agency to computerise all its works and services by September 2015, the process for which is likely to commence in November this year.

A study conducted by National Productivity Council has recommended rationalisation of the "vertical command structure" within the DDA and certain non- critical and non- technical operation to be outsourced.

"The study involved analysing DDA's present role and its future operations, the processes involved in implementing schemes and suggesting improvements such as computerisation, multitasking and outsourcing, etc.," said a senior Delhi government official.

The suggestions included mergers of certain departments with overlapping areas of work and creation of new positions/ functions such as those involving land development and management of housing schemes.

The report recommended further strengthening DDA's expertise on critical and technical areas such as planning and architecture.

The recommendations also included computerisation of all processes in all DDA departments and said IT networking will improve coordination and information flow. It also suggested an effective file management system as well as data mining facility for speedy retrieval of information.

DDA officials said that broad contours of the restructuring plan have already been prepared.

DDA officials said a GISbased Project Monitoring System will be set up for real time monitoring of engineering works and maintenance of parks in the city. They said a database about all existing properties will also be created through which people will be able to know details of their properties.

The recommendations also include identifying four DDA offices -- Vikas Sadan, Vikas Minar in INA market, Dwarka and Rohini -- for delivery of core services.

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Date:Sep 3, 2014
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