Coming soon: Relief for illegal constructions in markets

The North Municipal Corporation has prepared a note on regularising unauthorised constructions in commercial properties in accordance with Master Plan Delhi 2021 guidelines.

This will be in tandem with the corporation's plan to implement the conversion process of commercial properties in markets, which were transferred to the erstwhile MCD.

The note prepared by officials states that no request for regularisation of unauthorised construction beyond provisions laid down in the Master Plan will be considered for those seeking ownership rights of shops in the corporation's markets.

"Request for regularisation beyond compoundable limits are liable to be rejected. Moreover, computation of damage and misuse charges due on unauthorised construction will be based on circle rates when the unauthorised construction had taken place," the note says.

This means, markets such as Gaffar Market, Rani Jhansi Market and Panchkuian Road Market, where shops were either sealed or demolished at some point of time because of unauthorised constructions, may get some relief.

"We will regularise the unauthorised constructions in accordance with the standard design applied to that market and which is within the Master Plan norms," a Town Planning department official said.

A Building department official said: "Standard design norms will be looked into when regularisation of unauthorised constructions is taken up. It will be subject to scrutiny and action under municipal bylaws."

The officials have made it clear that past misuse and unauthorised construction would be taken into account before granting "regularised" status to a property.

"For a property that has history of misuse or unauthorised construction, conversion may be allowed only after recovering the misuse charges," a senior official said.

In 2006, the Central government transferred 79 markets under the Land and Development Office and the Directorate of Estates to the MCD.

After trifurcation of the MCD this year, the North corporation got 38 markets.

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