The North Delhi Municipal Corporation’s latest policy announcement may earn it many brownie points, considering that the Delhi polls are just round the corner. The north corporation will soon bring in a policy under which illegal portions of properties won’t face demolition if owners declare such portions to the civic agency and pay due penalty.
The move, initiated in a standing committee meeting on Monday, has got commissioner PK Gupta’s approval.
According to the north body’s leader of the House Mahender Nagpal, this policy will free the people of the area from the fear of corporation bulldozers razing portions of their homes.
“This is a pro-people scheme. People living in unauthorised regularised colonies, who have got their colony’s layout plan passed, can also avail of this self-assessment. If one has built an extra section or a room without sanction from the authorities or transgressed beyond the area, they now have a way out without facing demolition,” Nagpal said.
All you need to do is fill an application form that will contain two sets of plans.
“One of plans will show the construction done with the due approval of the authorities while the other will clearly mark the proposed section to be regularised in red. You will also need copies of ownership documents, structural stability certificate from a structural engineer, NOCs from departments concerned such as the DDA and an architect’s certificate which says that all Master Plan Delhi guidelines have been met. The applicant must also submit affidavits stating that sections which don’t comply with the MPD have been demolished,” Nagpal said.
When contacted by Hindustan Times, commissioner Gupta said there were many properties in the civic body’s jurisdiction which can be regularised through this scheme of self-assessment.
“Many were finding it difficult to get small, unauthorised portions of their homes regularised. With this policy and by paying some nominal charges, their lives will get easier,” Gupta said.