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We’ll go ahead with regularisation: Govt

With an eye on the forthcoming assembly elections, the Delhi Govt told the SC that it intends to go ahead with its plan to regularise unauthorised colonies, reports Bhadra Sinha.
Hindustan Times | By Bhadra Sinha, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2008 01:05 AM IST

With an eye on the forthcoming assembly elections, the Delhi Government on Monday told the Supreme Court that it intended to go ahead with its plan to regularise over 1,600 unauthorised colonies in the Capital.

“Delhi Government is ready for issuance of provisional regularisation certificate on the basis of amendment to regulations of the unauthorised colonies,” the Sheila Dikshit-led Congress Government said in its latest affidavit filed in the Supreme Court.

Filed through counsel SA Wasim Qadri, the affidavit claimed the government has completed categorisation of 1,409 unauthorised colonies and the exercise to categorise the remaining 230 was still on. While the development charges have been determined, the modalities to recover these charges are being worked out.

Applications sent by various residents’ welfare associations of unauthorised colonies have been forwarded to the MCD, DDA, DJB and the private distcoms for their scrutiny. The work in connection with and relating to demarcation and delineation of boundaries of the colonies is in progress, it added.

The affidavit of the state’s Department of Urban Development gave extensive details of how it proposed to tackle the water and power shortage. It has been filed in connection with Delhi Government’s over one-year-old application in the “Maili Yamuna” case seeking permission to regularise the unauthorised colonies. Now, with elections just a few months away, the state government has once again revived the bid to impress upon the court to allow it to regularise the colonies.

With regard to providing sewer facilities in these colonies, the government said the MCD has already undertaken the task in 148 colonies. While DSIDC is entrusted with the development work in 316 unauthorized colonies, the I&FC is carrying out work in 136. The work related to lightning by distcoms in the colonies is also under the MCD’s supervision.

The affidavit also gave details regarding DJB’s efforts to augment the water and sewer facilities in these colonies. In its 11th plan, the government has allotted Rs 2,800 crores to meet the anticipated expenditure for provision of water supply, sewerage system, roads and drains in these colonies.

Water supply through pipe network has already been provided in 370 unauthorised colonies and rehabilitation work of around 51 kms of trunk sewers will be over by December 2009. Also, the treatment capacity of the Delhi’s sewage will be augmented to 761.40 millions gallon per day by December 2021.

With regard to the provision of power in these colonies, the government claims the distcoms have already provided regular electricity supply to 1,093 unauthorised colonies.

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