Urban Development Minister Manish Sisodia has directed Deputy Commissioners to start work on regularisation of unauthorised colonies. The officials have been asked to finalise the boundaries of the unauthorised colonies by using a new technique called ‘Total Station Machines’.
According to officials, the technique will give the exact coordinates needed to finalise the boundaries, which will be fixed according to an aerial survey undertaken in 2007.
The Ministry of Urban Development has authorised the Delhi government to finalise the boundaries on the basis of the aerial survey of 1,639 unauthorised colonies.
On its part, the Delhi government has sent a reminder to the ministry, listing the problems it was facing in regularising these colonies.
“The reminder is regarding a letter, in which we have sought permission for making certain amendments. There are many impractical clauses that are posing problems in the way of regularising the unauthorised colonies,” an official said.
Officials in the civic corporations and the Delhi government admit that several clauses — such as finalisation of layout plans, as per the 2007 aerial survey, was impractical as Residents’ Welfare Associations (RWAs) will not agree to it.
“We had showed several vacant plots, where dhalaos and other government buildings could be constructed, but by the time the process of regularisation began, structures had come up on these plots,” a senior official said.
With the plots occupied, RWAs are refusing to approve the layouts sent to them by the corporations and, without their signatures, layouts cannot be passed. The commissioners of the three corporations have even requested the Delhi government to allow them to undertake development activities in the unauthorised colonies as well.
There are only nine colonies, which have got their layout plans approved by respective corporations. And even in these colonies, as the government is yet to issue any notification for regularisation, no construction or registry has been done.
Regularising the unauthorised colonies was one of the points on the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)’s 18- point agenda sent both to the Congress and the BJP for seeking support. The government promised to regularise all the colonies without delay.