Residents of Khirkee Extension and Panchsheel Vihar blocked the traffic in their colonies near Malviya Nagar on Sunday protesting the delay in regularisation of their colonies.
The colonies have not got the ‘no objection certificate’ (NOC) from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in view of the presence of protected monuments in the neighbourhood such as Yusuf Qatal and Khirkee Masjid. The residents have formed a Jan Kalyan Morcha to fight for their cause.
“The government says it cannot put in funds for development, because of which there are no sewers, no proper roads. This leads to a chaos in our colony and also poses health hazard,” said Sandeep Saini, president, Jan Kalyan Morcha.
However, Khirkee extension and Panchsheel Vihar are not the only two colonies. When the Delhi government had forwarded a list of 1,639 unauthorised colonies two years ago, the ASI had given NOC to most of them except 45-odd colonies which lie either fully or partially within the prohibited area (100 metres) or within the regulated areas (further 100-200 metres from the prohibited area) of a monument.
“The areas within 300 metres of a protected monument will have to abide by the heritage bye-laws. But for those beyond 300 metres, regularisation should not be a problem,” said Vijay Singh, the competent authority for Delhi under the amended archaeological act last year.