Facing severe criticism from the Delhi government, the BJP-ruled North Delhi Corporation plans to approve the layout plans of five former unauthorised colonies that recently got a legal tag.
A proposal to clear the layout plans of five north Delhi colonies with a population of 40,000 each would be tabled in the coming Standing Committee meeting of the corporation, officials said.
"Our building department has prepared the layout plans of five colonies that were regularised last year. We have decided to clear them in the Standing Committee meeting. Once these plans are approved, residents will be able to take up building activities in these colonies legally," said Mahender Nagpal, leader of the house, North Delhi Corporation.Nagpal said they would try to complete the layout plans of rest the remaining colonies in a time-bound manner.
"Preparing the layout plan is not a simple task. Right from finding out the basic amenities that are supposed to be present there, it also shows the length and width of the individual plots so that adequate road space is left. The Delhi government has been politicising the issue rather than understanding the difficulties that we face in preparing the plans," added Nagpal.
The five colonies are Hardev Nagar and Bhagwan Park in Burari, Chandan Vihar in Nangloi, Uttranchal Vihar and Poorvanchal C block.
Officials from the building department said that once the layout plan was cleared, the existing buildings could be regularised.
After that, activities such as adding additional floors and carrying out repair work would be allowed in these colonies.
To get their building plan sanctioning, residents will have to apply individually to the corporation rather than the Resident Welfare Association doing it on their behalf.
The officials also said that once the layout plans were complete, property tax could also be levied in these colonies.