It took the Union Urban Development Ministry (UD Ministry ) more than six months to move on a Delhi government request for the regularisation of three affluent unauthorised colonies Sainik Farms,Mahendru Enclave and Anant Ram Dairy.
A senior government official said that in August,the Delhi government had written to the Union UD Ministry to consider the regularisation of these colonies,after the ministry had declined approval for the same.
The Delhi governments policy was to regularise all colonies and that no houses would be demolished. However,affluent colonies were more complex and required more time to consider, the official said.
In August,the official said ,the UD Ministry had approved more than 900 colonies for regularisation but had excluded these three colonies.
According to the official,the Delhi government had suggested that such affluent unauthorised colonies also be regularised,but with higher penalties.
Even the Mathur Committee,constituted to look into affluent colonies,had made similar recommendations. We had suggested that the norms for regularisation remain the same,but penalties and clauses could be changed for affluent colonies, an official from the Delhi UD department said.
A senior official with the South Delhi Municipal Corporation stated that the corporation will make the layout plans and collect the development charges and regularisation fee from these upmarket unauthorised colonies,as and when matter comes to the corporation.
The UD Ministry is yet to finalise the rate and policy for these colonies and we have not been briefed about this. The decision has been taken at the central government level and we will abide by the rules after the policy is finalised, the official said.