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Not easy to get legal tag

india Updated: Dec 27, 2006 01:43 IST

The proposed Master Plan 2021 has laid down a few stringent conditions for the regularisation of the 1,539 unauthorised colonies, home to 30 lakh people.

For one, redevelopment of a colony is an essential condition for a colony getting the legit tag. This implies that old units have to be dismantled and new units built. To implement the provision, the concerned nodal agency will have to prepare a redevelopment scheme within a given time frame.

The draft, to be passed by the board of the Delhi Development Authority on December 29, lays other broad guidelines for the regularisation. All unauthorised colonies, whether on private or government land, will be regularised subject to the preparation of proper layout and service plans. It is the responsibility of Resident Welfare Associations to get the plans approved by the local body or the DDA.

Given the space crunch in the colonies, schools and other social facilities will have to come up on smaller plots compared to the standards applicable in the rest of the city. Again, depending on the availability of land, facilities like community halls, dispensaries etc. could be grouped together.

To ensure that narrow roads do not come in the way of fire safety and disaster management in the colonies, the draft plan has ruled that within 100 metres of a road less than 9 metre in width, there has to be a road of 9 metre width. This will facilitate the movement of vehicles, for example fire engines, in these colonies.

Moreover, on plots which face roads less than 9 metre wide, the height of the building cannot go above 11 metres. In roads of more than 9 metres, the maximum height would be 15 metres.

For slums, the MPD recommends in situ regularisation where the land is not to be used for developmental purposes. For relocation, small clusters should be identified where these can be integrated with the overall character of the area.