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Eye on polls, UD ministry to start work on legit tag for illegal colonies

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 19, 2014
First Published: 20:26 IST(19/8/2014) | Last Updated: 00:01 IST(20/8/2014)

The urban development ministry has agreed to take a relook at the issue of regularising all unauthorised colonies in the Capital — a move that is likely to reap rich dividends for the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) should re-elections take place in the Capital.

A concept paper will be drafted within 15 days after which the Delhi government in consultation with the ministry will prepare an action plan to give such colonies a legit tag, enabling them to get all basic amenities.

Union urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu took the decision after a delegation from the BJP’s Delhi unit met him and demanded that all such colonies should be considered for regularisation before re-elections. The BJP has its sight set on the huge vote bank in unauthorised colonies spread across the Capital.

Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay, seven MPs and representatives of various agencies met Naidu who promised to take a fresh look at the issue. The Delhi BJP wants all colonies existing as of now to be considered for regularisation, and that too before the city goes to polls.

The previous Congress government had promised to regularise colonies that had come up before 2007. But the BJP is demanding the regularisation of all illegal colonies to woo a larger vote bank.

“We hope that in three months, all colonies will be regularised. How can someone say he is living in an illegal colony if he is a resident of the Capital? We are committed to regularising every colony,” said Upadhyay. The party has promised to approve at least 1,639 colonies by the end of this year.

The municipal corporations, whose representatives were part of the delegation, demanded the work of regularising these colonies be assigned to them.

“The present requirement of six-metre road width should be reduced to four metres as more colonies will come in the ambit. We have requested the minister that the civic agencies be allowed to start development and maintenance work even before the completion of regularisation process,” Upadhyay added.

The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) had earlier slammed the Delhi Government for failing to provide basic facilities such as sewer lines, water lines, roads and drainage in unauthorised colonies, despite spending `3029.21 crore on them.

The Sheila Dikshit government had claimed credit for regularising 895 illegal colonies before the 2013 Assembly elections. But in reality, it had only identified the colonies up for regularisation. The crucial process of fixing the boundary and completion of layout plans is yet to be done.

Another issue raised

To end corruption and limit the role of police, the BJP leaders also raised the need of ending the requirement of getting the layout plan passed by the Corporations for the plots up to 200 meters in Delhi. “Currently there is no need for lay out plan for plots up to 100 meters.

It should be increased to 200 meters and building bye laws should be amended appropriately so that there is no need for getting permissions from the architect and structural engineer for small plots,” Upadhyay said.


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