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PM wants MCD to go slow

The MCD'S demolition drive may finally stop, at least on properties not encroaching government land. Even people who have constructions covering 100 per cent of their plots may get a respite.

india Updated: Feb 11, 2006 19:38 IST

The MCD'S demolition drive may finally stop, at least on properties not encroaching government land. Even people who have constructions covering 100 per cent of their plots may get a respite.

A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday. Home Minister Shivraj Patil, Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy and Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit attended the meeting. There was unanimity that the threat of bulldozers should be put to an end.

Sources said the PM was keen that 'uncertainty over the demolitions in the city" should end and the MCD should come out with a detailed blueprint on unauthorised constructions. 'All kinds of building and land violations cannot be clubbed together indiscriminately. The MCD should focus on land encroachment," Reddy said after the meeting.

He said the MCD has been asked to go slow on violations like land misuse, unauthorised constructions on Lal Dora land and unauthorised alterations/additions within the buildings. 'We don't have the wherewithal to take action against all these constructions and the MCD should take advice on this from the Delhi High Court," he said.

MoS for Urban Development Ajay Maken said it was decided at the meeting to form a committee to look into the is sue of unauthorised constructions afresh. The panel will submit a report to the government in three months. He said the MCD would inform the HC, which had ordered the demolition drive, about the setting up of the committee and time would be sought to frame appropriate policies.

The panel will have one member from the Congress, one from the BJP, experts and citizens. Sources said former lieutenant governor of Delhi Tejinder Khanna would chair the committee.

The meeting, however, decided that all encroachments on government land should be removed.