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"No respite to properties being demolished''

Staff Reporter

`Main beneficiaries of the MPD would be unauthorised colonies'


  • DDA to continue its demolition drives in rural areas
  • `Most violations relate to present laws and cannot be legalised'

    NEW DELHI: Unauthorised constructions being demolished at present by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi will not get any reprieve through the Master Plan for Delhi 2021 as it only allows for certain modifications to the existing laws and would not be able to condone the gross violations which have been committed.

    According to DDA Vice-Chairman Dinesh Rai, while the new Master Plan has got delayed it will offer no respite to the properties being demolished. "Most violations relate to present laws and cannot be legalised,'' he said, adding that while deciding on the construction on a property "one also has to see the character of the area and has to ensure that the property is in consonance with the rest''.

    Mr Rai said under the proposed Master Plan-2021 commercial use of some properties would be allowed. But that would be restricted to the ground floor only with the rider that the property should be on a road that is at least 18 metres wide, it should have a setback or open space in the front with parking area and should be on a street which has been earmarked for market use under the Zonal Plan. Also, such property would become eligible for commercial use only upon payment of a conversion fee and upon securing a proper permission from the local bodies concerned.

    The Commissioner (Planning), A.K. Jain, said the main beneficiaries of the MPD-2021 would be the 1432 unauthorised colonies which have been identified for regularisation. "All these colonies have not been touched in the demolition drive and those which have come under the hammer are on regular plots and have deviated from the building plans. So the MDP 2021 does not hold much promise for those caught in the wrong.''

    On its part, Mr Rai said DDA had in the past year till November conducted 317 demolitions on its properties and about 3735 structures have been removed. Demolition of structures is a continuous process, he said, adding that the drives would be intensified in the days to come. The Vice-Chairman said in a most recent drive, 25 properties on 15 premises had been demolished by DDA in Mahipalpur in South West Delhi. Denying that the drive was stopped as a property belonging to the brother of a powerful Member of Parliament came in the way, Mr Rai said time has been given to all people to remove the structures of their own.

    Stating that DDA would continue its demolition drives in rural areas as well since in all the development areas, the building areas have to be followed, Mr Rai said as per a survey about 1400 acres of the 77,000 acres acquired by DDA is under encroachment at present. "We are trying to get this land back and efforts are also being made to fix responsibility of the officials in case of encroachments and illegal constructions and stern action would be initiated against the guilty.''

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