Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014

Kathputli Colony: Relocation delayed, some residents allege not in list of flat allottees

Express News Service | New Delhi | Posted: February 25, 2014 3:14 am

The process of shifting the residents of Kathputli Colony to a transit camp in Anand Parbat, which was supposed to begin from Wednesday, as part of the in situ redevelopment of the area is likely to be delayed.

The Lt-Governor has directed the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to ensure the shifting is done amicably and without any inconvenience to the residents. “The DDA vice-chairman was asked to resolve the matter amicably within a month,” a source said. The land agency has assured that a consensus will be reached with the residents over the issue.

The residents of Kathputli Colony have been protesting against being moved to the transit camp and a writ petition was also filed by them, which was dismissed by court.

Around 2,800 people were to be shifted to the transit camp. But residents of the colony had raised apprehensions over the move, saying that names of some residents have not been included in the final list of allottees, who are set to get flats once the redevelopment is over.

The DDA said a solution was approved in a meeting of the authority in the L-G’s office. A proposal to cover bonafide residents of the upper floors in the Kathputli slum cluster, who figured in the survey list of 2010-2011, will also be considered for allotment of flats and for accommodation in the transit camp.

“It was also approved that in case the names of some residents — not found in the survey list but who can prove that they have been living in Kathputli Colony prior to the date of closure of the survey in 2010-2011 by showing relevant documents — will also be considered. The developer has also been permitted to use the unused FAR to construct more flats for the purpose, if required,” DDA spokesperson Neemo Dhar said.

“The land at Anand Parbat, where the transit camp is located, is DDA property and is for public and semi-public use. As per a direction of the court, this land has to be utilised within two years by the DDA for public and semi-public use. It was felt by the authority that the DDA has no other alternative, except to shift the residents at the earliest, so that flats can be constructed within two years and the Kathputli residents are shifted back so that the land at Anand Parbat can be vacated for use as per the directive,” an official said.

The DDA said adequate facilities will be provided at Kathputli Colony once flats for allottees were constructed.

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