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Raised and then razed

delhi Updated: Jun 08, 2010 00:42 IST
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Demolitions are set to return to the city again. This time, however, the crackdown will be against illegal colonies coming up in the Capital.

At the same time, builders and government officials who are involved in abetting the sprouting of these illegal colonies will also face strict action.

A decision to this effect was taken on Monday at a Cabinet meeting. As part of the decision, strict action will be taken against on-going unauthorised construction in new colonies coming up on agricultural land where plots are being cut and sold to unsuspecting buyers by unscrupulous builders.

Action will also be taken against any extension of the 1,639 unauthorised colonies that are being considered for regularisation.

“We will not allow any new illegal colony to come up in the city,” said PWD Minister Rajkumar Chauhan. “We have to draw the line somewhere or this will never end.”

Recently, the state anti-corruption bureau (ACB) had lodged an FIR against a dozen builders and officials of the revenue department, DDA, MCD and Delhi Police for allegedly dividing the land into small plots and selling them to unsuspecting buyers in Narela.

Chauhan said extensions of the unauthorized colonies, where land meant to provide buildings for community services has been encroached upon, will also be demolished.

“We have already taken some government land in possession at these unauthorized colonies that are meant for services for these colonies like community centers. Any illegal construction there will be demolished,” he said.

In 2008, the Delhi government had marked 1,639 unauthorised colonies for regularisation as a one-time reprieve.

Chauhan said action will also be taken against the Deputy Commissioner of Police, SHO, Deputy Commissioner (Revenue), Deputy Commissioner (MCD) and SDM (Revenue) of areas where such new illegal constructions have come up.

In the Cabinet meeting, it was discussed that unauthorized construction is damaging the planned growth of the city apart from creating a hindrance in providing basic amenities.

The first areas where action will be taken are Narela, Bawana and Najafgarh. “We have asked all SDMs to submit a report on illegal colonies or constructions in their respective area,” Chauhan said.

Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Tejendra Khanna had constituted a Committee comprising the concerned DC (Revenue), DCP, DC (MCD) and a senior officer from DDA Land Protection Branch to minutely monitor the growth of unauthorized construction in any part of the city and to ensure immediate appropriate action. The Cabinet decided that the situation will be monitored on regular basis.