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Over 1,300 illegal colonies in Hry: CAG

HT Correspondent  Chandigarh, March 16, 2013
First Published: 17:37 IST(16/3/2013) | Last Updated: 17:39 IST(16/3/2013)

There are 1,320 illegal colonies around various towns and cities of Haryana as on June 30, 2012, because of failure of various official agencies to have checked these at any stage, according the comptroller and auditor general (CAG).

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The CAG report which was tabled in the state assembly recently held that while various provisions of Acts and rules to control unauthorized colonies were not being enforced by various official agencies, even sale deeds of land of the illegal colonies were being registered, water and supply and electricity connections were given without obtaining no-objection certificate from town and country planning department (TCPD) or municipal bodies, in violation of rules and regulations

The records of office of director general (DG), TCPD and eight districts town planners (DTPs) of the total 21 districts were test-checked during June to October 2012, besides collection of information from various government agencies such as registering authorities, Uttar and Dakshin Haryana Bijli Nigams, public health engineering department and police and besides surveys of 1,281 households in 41 illegal colonies in the said districts - Ambala, Fatehabad, Gurgaon, Jhajjar, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Panchkula and Panipat in the context.

On being pointed out the additional chief secretary, revenue department, said (November, 2012) that all the registration authorities had been instructed to follow the rules and seek NOC from the DTCP before registration of such land transfer or sale or lease, and action would be taken against defaulting officials.

However, interestingly enough, DG, TCP on being pointed about the illegal power connection, accepted that the electricity companies had acted as a catalyst to the growth of illegal colonies. Ironically enough, as many as 1,054 illegal colonies were regularized by urban local department in 2004 without indicating any outer boundary or demarcation (``shajra'' plan) in absence of which the adjoining areas also came up as illegal colonies.

The CAG also detected that there was not even a single case where police officer had informed in writing any concerned agency about illegal colonies despite being duty-bound under Section 11-B of Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act, 1975.

According to CAG report, four municipal bodies and a block development and panchayat officer had incurred Rs. 5.95 crore on construction of streets and drainage systems in unauthorized colonies.

On being contacted, the DG, TCPD admitted (November, 2012) the lapses committed by various departments in curbing the menace of illegal colonies, while CAG observed that the overall responsibility of implementing the rules and regulations lied with the TCPD and it thus should evolve a mechanism to involve other departments to perform their duties in a coordinated manner.


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