List steps to regularise unauthorised colonies, Delhi HC tells govt
A bench of Justice S Ravindra Bhat and Justice Rekha Palli disapproved the matter going “back and forth” between the Delhi government and the Centre over the issue, which it noted has been “pending for over a decade”.delhi Updated: May 20, 2017 00:08 IST
The Delhi High Court directed the Centre and Delhi government to file affidavits indicating the steps taken by them on the issue of regularisation of unauthorised colonies, including the posh Sainik Farms, in the national capital.
A bench of Justice S Ravindra Bhat and Justice Rekha Palli disapproved the matter going “back and forth” between the Delhi government and the Centre over the issue, which it noted has been “pending for over a decade”.
“This back and forth has to go. We cannot monitor it. We want you to decide it, whatever it takes,” the court told central government standing counsel Anurag Ahluwalia, who appeared for the Ministry of Urban Development.
The court’s oral direction came after Delhi government counsel Rahul Mehra said it has forwarded to the Centre its decision to regularise unauthorised colonies, but the Union Government was yet to take a decision despite over a year having gone by.
The Centre, on the other hand, said no decision has been taken as certain clarifications sought from the Delhi government have not yet been received.
The court has listed matter for hearing on May 30.
The court also said that it was thinking of setting up a board comprising all stakeholders to regularly monitor the issue. It was hearing a petitions filed by individuals and an NGO, Paardarshita, who have alleged that illegal construction was rampant in Sainik Farms.
First Published: May 20, 2017 00:01 IST