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MCD clueless about illegal colonies in city

delhi Updated: Jun 24, 2010 00:58 IST
Nivedita Khandekar
Nivedita Khandekar
Hindustan Times
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Ever wonder why and how so many unauthorized colonies come up in Delhi, that too, so fast?

No prizes for guessing the reason.

But now, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) - which controls almost 93 per cent of Delhi's area - has admitted on record that it has no information about the landowning agency when it comes to unauthorized colonies.

Moreover, the Slum and Jhuggi Jhopdi (JJ) Department of the civic body has also admitted that they have not carried out any survey in such areas.

Sajida (who goes by a single name) from Mandavali, in a series of applications under the Right to Information (RTI) Act first filed in November 2009, sought to find out certain details about Shashi Garden, Majboor Garden and Allah Colony in east Delhi.

The information she needed was the date on which the colony was established; the names and addresses of the residents of the colony; details regarding the ration cards and IDs given to residents by the government; details regarding future government policies and name of the department under whose jurisdiction the colony is covered.

For all the three colonies, the Department replied: "The required information is not with the department", for questions about when the colony was established and details of the residents.

The queries about ration cards and IDs and future government policies were directed to Delhi government's Food and Supplies Department.

And, the answer to the last query about jurisdiction was: 'The basic amenities are being provided by the Slum and JJ Department to the colony.'

Not satisfied with the replies, the applicant went to the Central Information Commission (CIC), where the Public Information Officer (PIO) Jawahar Lal admitted before Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi that "there is no clarity about the land owning agency of these colonies."

"The matter of these colonies has been discussed at length at the Supreme Court case."

"There is no clarity, consequently, there is no information available anywhere about the details of the land owning agency."

"No survey has been done by the Department, hence for the other details, other details are not available on records," the PIO said during the hearing on June 15.