Not many seeking MCD approval for building plans
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The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) began approving building plans in unauthorised, regularised colonies — like Uttam Nagar — 10 days ago, but not many residents have come forward to legalise their properties.
This provision by MCD assumes significance as four people were killed in a residential building collapse in the locality on Saturday and, officials of the civic body said, the owner of the plot and builder of the upcoming structure adjoining the ill-fated building did not seek the required sanction for the construction work.
MCD officials said Delhi Development Authority's notification for approving building plans of regularised unauthorised colonies is facing problems. "The builder and owner of the building, which caused the collapse of the house in Uttam Nagar, did not seek a building plan sanction. This has now been made mandatory for such colonies," an MCD official said.
As per the notification issued on January 17, sub-division of plots is allowed.
"People want to build on 100 per cent area, which is against building by-laws. It is mandatory to leave open areas. As the sub-division takes place, which is now allowed, the property is divided for various occupants and the feeling is that leaving open space will be a waste of property. This is the reason why people hesitate in getting the building plans approved," said Manish Gupta, MCD Additional Commissioner of the Engineering department.
Though the notification was issued in January, it was just a week ago that the Corporation began implementing it. Speaking to Newsline, Gupta said, "It takes more than merely generating awareness among people about such a notification," he said.
MCD Commissioner K S Mehra said, "We recognise the problems faced when it comes to giving such sanctions. We have to keep in mind the safety of the building and its occupants as well. We cannot approve the plan without open spaces," Mehra said.
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