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Cabinet note moved to regularise Sainik Farms,2 others

Home to retired bureaucrats,policemen and politicians,Sainik Farms,Anant Ram Dairy,Mahendru Enclave are ‘affluent unauthorised’ colonies.

Home to retired bureaucrats,policemen and politicians,Sainik Farms,Anant Ram Dairy,Mahendru Enclave are ‘affluent unauthorised’ colonies.

The Urban Development Ministry has moved a cabinet note to regularise three “affluent unauthorised” colonies reportedly in wake of the upcoming Assembly elections in Delhi.

The ministry,however,is in a fix on how to define an affluent colony and was still mulling over the regularisation charges to be levied on three colonies — Sainik Farms,Anant Ram Dairy in South Delhi and Mahendru Enclave in North Delhi. Such colonies are home to several politicians,businessmen,policemen and retired bureaucrats.

The cabinet note to regularise these colonies has been fast-tracked. To this effect,an inter ministerial cabinet note has also been circulated and the ministry is awaiting comments from other departments concerned,an official said.

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A senior official said the ministry was also planning to review the Masterplan 2021 and make necessary amendments so that flexible changes could be made to the development-control norms. For instance,the government will propose different development norms,such as the number of floors may be different from the rest of the city or the floor area ratio (FAR) may be reduced slightly,an official said.

The ministry wants to get in-principle nod for the three colonies to shield them from any kind of demolition in the future.

“There has been lot of brainstorming in the Ministry over the definition of an affluent colony. The other colonies that have been regularised are home to poor people; it is a matter of survival for them. But in the case of these three particular colonies,there is still ambiguity as to what really qualifies them to be an affluent colony,” a senior official said.

In 2006,a committee,headed by former Delhi Chief Secretary KK Mathur,had submitted a report suggesting hefty regularisation charges for these colonies but it had been rejected by the ministry.

The report had said that not all the people living in Anant Ram Dairy were affluent though sprawling houses had come up in the area.

“Sainik Farms has a long history. It was started in late 1960s as a co-operative society for rehabilitation of war-widows and retired defence personnel. With government support,land was purchased by the society and allotted to defence personnel for farm houses. Over time,the area,commonly known as Sainik Farms,has attracted many non-defence personnel also. There are hardly any farm houses in the colony now. On many plots,large houses and villas can be seen,” the report said.