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South corp, DDA spar over control of farmhouses

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 26, 2013
First Published: 01:16 IST(26/3/2013) | Last Updated: 01:17 IST(26/3/2013)

The two biggest land-owning agencies, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), seem to be at loggerheads over farmhouses.

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Both authorities want to take control of the prime properties that are expected to rake in from R600 crore to R1000 crore in the form of convergence charges.

Councillors of south corporation on Monday said that the DDA had last week passed a proposal to take over the farmhouses from the jurisdiction of the municipal corporations and initiate a process of regularising them.

Opposing the move on Monday, the south corporation passed a resolution, asking DDA not to carry out the transfer of farmhouses. If the DDA refuses to comply, they will take up the matter with the lieutenant-governor, the councillors said.

“For years, the farmhouses have been governed by the rules and regulations of the municipal corporation. Now that a process has been initiated to regularise illegal constructions in the farmhouses, the DDA wants to take them over. We cannot let that happen,” said Rajesh Gehlot, standing committee chairman.

According to the proposal passed by the DDA, farmhouse owners will have to pay a convergence fee in order to regularise the extra constructions they have carried out over the years. The fee is quite high and will bring in a lot of revenue. The south corporation is opposed to the move as more than 3,200 of the 4,500 farmhouses in Delhi fall under its jurisdiction and are a big source of property tax.

DDA officials were not available for comments.

In the south corporation, 2,500 farmhouses fall in south zone area and 700 in Najafgarh zone. Many of the farmhouses have come up illegally and have been demanding regularisation for the past few years.


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