Ahead of the municipal elections to be held in April this year, the Delhi government is trying to speed up the regularisation process of unauthorised colonies.
According to sources, as the model code of conduct will come into effect in the second week of February, the government wants to make an announcement on regularisation as soon as possible.
The urban development department has been asked to scrutiny the plans of the colonies and allot plot numbers (khasra). Urban Development Minister AK Walia convened a meeting on Monday to discuss the future course of action.
"Survey of India has sent us a list of 600 colonies, earmarking the boundaries of all of them. Out of these, the UD department has already scrutinised 397 colonies and been allotted plot numbers. The list will be sent to Survey of India to check if the colonies are on government land or not," said Walia.
After the Survey of India checks the status of each colony — it has aerial images of 2002 and 2007 — it will send a report to the UD department.
“We are scrutinising documents related to unauthorised colonies. We have cleared 300 so far and the remaining will also be done soon,” said a senior Delhi government official.
After that, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is supposed to make the layout plans, but the government is planning to supercede the civic agency and approach the central government directly. "MCD might sit on these files for months so other alternatives are also being explored," added the official.
Of the 1,638 unauthorised colonies, the government gave provisional certificates to 1,218 of them. However, 125 of these were recently served show-cause notices.
The Delhi Lokayukta had directed the Delhi government to file a report on allegations of irregularities in giving certificates to unauthorised colonies.
Director of split MCD finalised
THE Delhi government on Monday finalised the name of RK Srivastava for the top post of director of municipal affairs of the trifurcated MCD. A 1984-IAS officer, he is currently posted as secretary in the department of urban development and has been overseeing the trifurcation of MCD as well regularisation of unauthorised colonies.
The director of municipal affairs will be the executive head of the three municipal bodies that are being carved out MCD.