Regularisation not possible sans civic body nod: BJP

With the Delhi government notifying 917 unauthorised colonies ahead of the Assembly election to be held next year, the BJP-led municipal corporations have raised questions on the legality of the notification.

The process of regularisation requires the in-principle approval of the standing committees of the three corporations.

Shamsher Singh, Chief Town Planner, on Tuesday told the Standing Committee of South Municipal Corporation about the procedure for regularising colonies till now: "The Delhi government sends its plans of colonies to be regularised to the corporations for scrutiny. We have to then send these files back for demarcation of boundaries. Then the files are resent to us for final nod."

However, Singh said only 160 files have been sent to the corporation for scrutiny. "These were sent back to the government, but they did not come back," he said.

Yogender Chandolia, Standing Committee Chairman, North Municipal Corporation, said the regularisation move could be legally challenged as it is the prerogative of the local bodies to give the final nod. "The local bodies are to provide basic infrastructure and other facilities in these colonies, including approval of building plans. So approval from Standing Committees is mandatory before colonies can be regularised," he said.

"If the Delhi government wanted to regularise the colonies without involving the local bodies, they could have done so earlier. But we are still ready to give the nod for these colonies if the files come to us. But until this happens, the residents can sell and purchase land. But they will not get any amenities as it is the responsibility of the local body to provide these," Chandolia said.

Delhi BJP chief Vijender Gupta said before last Assembly elections, Sheila Dikshit had announced her intention to grant amnesty to 1,639 illegal colonies. "Provisional certificates were distributed to 1,218 colonies with the promise to regularise them. But not a single colony has been regularised till date. The government's announcement to regularise 917 colonies election is a repeat of its earlier promise. Why is it that government is issuing certificates only to 917 colonies of the 1,218 colonies?" he asked.

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