NEW DELHI: Even as the Delhi government gears up to regularize 600 of 1,639 unauthorized colonies by July end, residents of neighbourhoods like New Mahavir Nagar and Krishna Park Extension — legalized over 30 years ago — are still facing land-related problems.
Both these areas are among the 567 colonies that earned the regularization tag in 1977-78. However, authorities failed to denotify government land at the time of regularization. The result — residents cannot get their properties registered as they are located on DDA land. They are also unable to avail loans and other civic facilities in an area which has seen no development. Highlighting their plight, residents of the colonies submitted a petition to urban development minister A K Walia on Friday.
The minister told TOI that he has discussed the matter with various agencies including DDA.
“If the need arises, we will write to the urban development ministry so that orders can be issued to granted relief to these colonies,” Walia said.
To ensure that similar problems don’t plague the 1,639 colonies awaiting regularization, the minister said that their land status will be checked by the revenue department before clearance is given. New Mahavir Nagar and Krishna Park Extension comprise of many smaller colonies which have around 5,000 houses, said Dr Prem Sagar, president of the residents’ federation.
On Thursday, the Delhi government assured speedy clearance to regularize 1,639 unauthorized colonies citing the DDA notification in which regularization guidelines laid down in 2008 have been relaxed.
The city’s aerial survey of 2002 will no longer be the basis for regularization. Instead, survey maps of 2007 will be used to fix boundaries and regularize all constructions shown in the layout plans submitted by the resident welfare associations in 2008, spelling relief to lakhs of residents.
Elaborating on the road map, Walia said that of the 1,639 colonies, 1,018 have got no-objection certificates from agencies. Of these, 2007 aerial survey maps for 600 colonies have been received. After fixing boundaries, the government plans to start declaring the names of colonies.
The cases will then be forwarded to municipal corporations for framing of layout plans based on these boundaries. Earlier, formal regularization was possible only after the corporation cleared the layout plans.
But the DDA notification creates room for the state to give a colony the regularization tag and allow the municipal body to prepare layout plans subsequently.