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Legit tag for Sainik farms, 2 other colonies in poll season

Moushumi Das Gupta, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, April 09, 2013
First Published: 00:51 IST(9/4/2013) | Last Updated: 00:54 IST(9/4/2013)

Three posh but unauthorised colonies, including Sainik Farms, which are home to the rich and powerful, are set to be regularised by the Union government soon.

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The urban development (UD) ministry has decided to move the cabinet to get an in-principle approval for Sainik Farms and Anant Ram Dairy in south Delhi and Mahendru Enclave in north Delhi. The move has been timed just ahead of the Delhi assembly elections later this year to give the colonies a permanent shield against bulldozers in the future.

So far, the three “affluent” colonies were kept out of the ambit of the 1,639 illegal colonies that are awaiting regularisation subject to approval of the layout plans.

The UD ministry has not decided on either the regularisation charges or the penalty fee for these colonies for encroaching on public land and appropriate land use.

“It’s only after the cabinet approves the regularisation that the UD ministry would decide on regularisation charges and penalty in consultation with the Delhi government and local agencies like MCD and DDA,” a ministry official said.


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