DDA changes rules to speed up amnesty to illegal colonies

The Delhi government on Thursday said rules have been amended to ensure an amnesty scheme offered to unauthorised colonies in 2008 could be expedited.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: June 8, 2012 1:39 am

The Delhi government on Thursday said rules have been amended to ensure an amnesty scheme offered to unauthorised colonies in 2008 could be expedited.

Changes enforced by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) on Wednesday in the central legislation that governs the scheme now empower the state government to finalise the boundaries of illegal colonies based on satellite images taken in 2007.

Lack of developmental work in unauthorised colonies,home to around 40 lakh people and which were traditional Congress strongholds,was identified as a major reason for the party’s drubbing in the municipal polls last month.

The Delhi government had issued provisional regularisation certificates (PRCs) to over 1,200 unauthorised colonies ahead of the Assembly polls in 2008. The government,while distributing certificates,had promised to regularise the colonies if the Congress were to come to power for the third term.

But not a single colony has been regularised so far.

According to a government press release on Thursday,it can now superimpose satellite images recorded in 2007,instead of 2002 as per earlier rules,on the layout plans submitted by residents to decide boundaries of colonies.

The decision to consider the aerial map of 2007 is aimed at ensuring inclusion of a large portion of the area left out by the 2002 aerial survey where construction took place between 2002 and 2007.

“This will relate to colonies that have more than 50 per cent built-up area. It has also been clarified that in case the colony boundary happens to run along any physical features such as drains or roads,the boundaries shall be fixed along the above-mentioned physical feature,” the release stated.

The Delhi government has over the last year tried hard to expedite the amnesty scheme but several provisions in the overarching law have made progress slow and even stalled it on a few fronts,said officials.

The process slowed down considerably following allegations that some “non existent” as well as “ineligible”colonies were given provisional regularisation certificates flouting norms.

But new rules also empower the government to forward the layout plans — decided after superimposition — to the local body concerned,the release said.

“Simultaneously,the government will issue orders regularising the colony as per the boundaries fixed after completing other formalities,” it added.

It has also been mentioned that thereafter DDA will affect change in land use and the local body concerned shall approve the layout plan,” the release said.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said the changes will provide the momentum required to get the amnesty scheme moving in full flow.

“Residents will be able to enjoy civic amenities as being provided in regularised and planned colonies,” she said.

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