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Civic body seeks amnesty for illegal constructions

Ahead of the Delhi Assembly elections, the BJP-led MCD has proposed an amnesty scheme to ensure various kinds of illegal constructions in the city are regularised, by charging a penalty from the defaulters, reports HT Correspondent.

delhi Updated: Sep 30, 2008 23:03 IST
HT Correspondent

Ahead of the Delhi Assembly elections, the BJP-led Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has proposed an amnesty scheme to ensure various kinds of illegal constructions in the city are regularised, by charging a penalty from the defaulters.

All unauthorised constructions that have come up between December 2006 to December 2007 would come under its ambit.

However, only 75 per cent of the total plot area would be regularised, the rest would be demolished by the MCD squad.

Property owners would have to submit their building plans to the civic body along with the penalty to apply for the amnesty scheme.

“There are many unauthorised constructions that came up after December 2006. However, demolition action should be taken only on that part of the construction that is more than what is prescribed. The rest of the construction should be regularised after charging a penalty from the owner,” said Subhash Arya, leader of the MCD House.

A proposal in this regard will be tabled in the MCD House meeting for approval. Property owners would have to submit a copy of their building plan along with penalty fee to apply for this amnesty scheme.

In addition, regularised unauthorised colonies and urbanised villages would also be able to apply for the scheme.

“In urbanised villages and regularised unauthorised colonies, buildings plans are not sanctioned, hence property owners can get a building plan made and then

submit it to the MCD for further action,” added Arya.

The civic body has stated the proposal was created because there were confusion among MCD officials and the people regarding unauthorised constructions.

Arya said in many cases MCD officials had razed the entire building rather than taking action solely on the illegal part.

Residents react

“Such a move will convert Delhi into a concrete jungle. Illegal construction is rampant and rather than the common man, the builder lobby will benefit from it,” said V.K. Arora, convenor of east Delhi’s United RWA Joint Front.

“The assembly elections are just round the corner so the MCD is coming up with such proposal. This is not in the interest of law abiding citizens,” said Rajiv Kakaria of the Greater Kailash I RWA.