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More trouble for scamster builders

delhi Updated: Jul 01, 2010 23:33 IST
Nivedita Khandekar

The Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of the Delhi government has registered a second FIR in a scam involving private builders, colonisers and land developers for allegedly converting vast tracts of agricultural lands into unauthorised colonies, in connivance with government officials.

The ACB has also written to all SDMs across the national capital, asking them to give details about the encroachments vis-à-vis unauthorised colonies in their jurisdiction and actions taken by them, sources said.

The second FIR mentions areas covered by unauthorised colonies under the jurisdiction of the Saraswati Vihar revenue district of northwest Delhi.

Like in the earlier FIR, these colonies too have come up after February 2, 2007 — the cut-off date for implementation of the Master Plan of Delhi (MPD) 2021.

The modus operandi has been simple enough, wherein builders and developers converted land adjoining the colonies (mentioned in the list of 1,639 colonies recognised under MPD 2021) into residential plots of land with the help of local authorities.

“These plots were sold to people claiming that this is an authorised colony. The government not just lost revenue by way of conversion charges, registration fees etc, but also spent several crores of rupees in providing basic amenities like water and electricity to these colonies,” sources said.

The ACB had registered the first case in this connection on June 2, while the second case was registered last week on June 24. According to the second FIR, the case has been registered under Section 13 (1) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption (PoC) Act and sections 420, 468 and 471 of the IPC.

Colonies/areas under the Saraswati Vihar jurisdiction include Roopali Enclave, Anandpur Dham, Karala village, Jonti village, Laadpur village, Rama Vihar colony, among others.