Even as the government is being cornered by the Opposition over land bungling in five unauthorised colonies, it may soon be in for more trouble.
The fate of 150 unauthorised colonies, which were given provisional certificates by Delhi government ahead of the assembly elections in 2008, hangs in balance. According to sources, as per the survey report submitted by Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), these colonies do not meet the eligibility criterion of at least 50% construction before 2008 to be eligible for regularisation. The Delhi government might cancel their regularisation as they do not meet the criteria.
While no construction has taken place in some of these colonies, status report says a number of these colonies have 20% to 30% construction. Most of these colonies are located in south, southwest and northwest.
To begin with, Delhi government has decided to carry a re-verification of these colonies by the deputy commissioner office to ascertain the total built-up area in these colonies. “A status report is being prepared for all the colonies. A fresh verification of 150 colonies will be conducted to know the actual status,” said a senior Delhi government official.
The officials further said that as per the reports submitted by the MCD, it has come to light that the civic agency conducted the survey for 300 colonies in merely three day’s time. As per the protocol, a physical survey had to be carried out to ascertain the built-up area in these colonies.
“How can 300 colonies be verified in merely three days? It seems that proper care was not taken while conducting the survey. That’s why we want to carry a re-verification to know the actual status before withdrawing the provisional regularisation,” said the official.
The Delhi chief minister had held a meeting on Thursday. Issues related to re-verification were discussed in an internal meeting of urban development department held to chalk out the plan for re-verification. A total of 1,218 colonies out of 1,638 unauthorised colonies were given provisional certificates by the government in 2008.