Government on Thursday said posh Sainik Farms in south Delhi was an unauthorised colony and built in violation of building norms.
Replying to supplementaries during Question Hour in Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Urban Development Saugata Roy said as per a survey by Municipal Corporation of Delhi, 1650 addresses/buildings were found in the Sainik Farms area.
“Sainik Farms is an entirely unauthorised colony, built in violation of building norms,” he said, but refused to say what action the Government proposes to take.
When members asked if the Sainik Farms would face the same action as an illegal slum that is demolished, the minister said Sainik Farms was not among the list of 1,218 illegal colonies in Delhi that have been provisionally regularised.
Sainik Farms came up in 1960 as a cooperative society for defence personnel and their dependents but soon attracted non-defence personnel. Since it is an illegal colony, no water and sewage is provided, he said adding no demolition can take place because of a law which is proposed to be extended till December 31, 2010.
“The Government has issued Revised Guidelines 2007 for regularisation of unauthorised colonies in Delhi and the Guidelines do no relate to unauthorised colonies inhabited by affluent sections including Sainik Farms,” he added.