The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) has come under fire due to a spate of building and wall collapses in the trans-Yamuna areas. Under pressure, the agency has now decided to ease the process of getting building plans sanctioned in unauthorised colonies.
On Thursday, east corporation commissioner SS Yadav announced the agency would create a centralised force for on-the-spot detection and demolition of ongoing illegal construction.
"With the help of the police, a team of corporation officials will visit east Delhi wards and crack down on illegal construction. The targets will be ongoing construction as no prior notice is required to demolish them," he said.
Commenting on the simplification of building sanction procedure, Yadav said the move was necessary to ensure people built homes legally. "At present, many property owners build structures illegally as building sanctioning laws are stringent. A lot of documents, which may or may not be available with the owner, are required. We have done away with many such requirements," he said.
Under the new laws, building plans in all unauthorised colonies will be sanctioned as per approved regularisation plans of roads under the mixed land use policy. So, people can now apply for commercial buildings as well. Also, the general power of attorney or sale agreement either registered or notarised will be considered sufficient proof of ownership.
Also, in case a plot is divided from the back instead of the middle, a three-metre-wide service land shall be considered a public road opposed to the earlier rules that required a five-metre-wide road.
Officials say simplification of the process will encourage more homes to get their building plans sanctioned and construct legal buildings. Also, contractors won't have to work in a hurry and construct weak buildings.
It has been found that mostly unauthorised buildings have collapsed, especially such structures have come up in a matter of a few weeks.
Yadav said such construction is rampant in east Delhi. Every week, the building departments of the area carries out demolition drives in which nearly 150 properties are demolished.
The office of the deputy commissioner (east) has granted a compensation of Rs 1 lakh to the father of each victim of Wednesday's wall collapse.
The family of the injured girl Saraswati received Rs 10,000 as compensation. The five children who were buried alive after the wall collapsed on them were Aditya alias Azad, 2, Ankit, 6, and his sister Baby, 4, Amit, 7 and Kanchan, 7.