WILL THE DELHI GOVT SIT UP AND TAKE NOTICE? A BRIEF HIS­TORY OF DELHI’S UNAU­THO­RISED COLONIES

The Delhi gov­ern­ment, which is fo­cus­ing on the al­leged drugs and sex racket in Khirki Ex­ten­sion, should also lay em­pha­sis on check­ing the vi­o­la­tion of build­ing norms in the area

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Their ac­tion against so- called drug deal­ers and pros­ti­tutes in Khirki Ex­ten­sion hit the head­lines re­cently, but should Delhi chief min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal have made se­ri­ous at­tempts to re­solve an equally se­ri­ous is­sue – that of unau­tho­rised con­struc­tion in the area? Res­i­dents are openly flout­ing hous­ing norms and adding il­le­gal floors to build­ings and though the state’s rul­ing Aam Aadmi Party and law min­is­ter Som­nath Bharti made a hue and cry over a few for­eign na­tion­als pos­ing a threat to peace in the area, the big­ger pic­ture has been ig­nored.

Any law and or­der prob­lem in an area can be solved by evict­ing law­break­ers from the area, stop­ping il­le­gal ex­pan­sion of dwelling units, ini­ti­at­ing civic fa­cil­i­ties and then reg­u­lar­is­ing the area.“Had Khirki Ex­ten­sion been reg­u­larised, we would have eas­ily iden­ti­fied the own­ers whose premises are be­ing mis­used for il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties and pres­surised them to get th­ese ten­ants va­cated. Many home­own­ers here live in Delhi’s posh colonies or in other coun­tries. They have au­tho­rised prop­erty deal­ers to rent out their homes. Th­ese deal­ers act as mid­dle­men and rent out the premises. For­eign­ers are pre­ferred as ten­ants, as they pay higher rentals,” says A Ge­orge, gen­eral sec­re­tary of RWA J4 block, Khirki Ex­ten­sion.

“Un­for­tu­nately, as most of Khirki Ex­ten­sion is unau­tho­rised, the names of home­own­ers are not reg­is­tered with mu­nic­i­pal records or with the rev­enue depart­ment. Here prop­erty sale takes place through no­tarised gen­eral power of at­tor­ney which in it­self is an il­le­gal mode of ti­tle trans­fer of a prop­erty in Delhi,” adds Ge­orge.

Ex­perts of de­vel­op­ment poli­cies and ur­ban plan­ning are of the view that the Cap­i­tal’s prob­lems, from ris­ing crimes, short- Unau­tho­rised colonies came into ex­is­tence in Delhi soon after Par­ti­tion when a large num­ber of peo­ple mi­grated from Pak­istan and set­tled in dif­fer­ent parts of the city (and the coun­try)

Only 110 unau­tho­rised colonies were reg­u­larised till the year 1961 as per poli­cies adopted by the gov­ern­ment of In­dia From 1962 to 1967, 101 new unau­tho­rised colonies came up as the gov­ern­ment failed to ad­dress the hous­ing needs of

age of power and wa­ter sup­ply to bad san­i­ta­tion, pol­lu­tion or prop­erty dis­putes, have risen from the fail­ure of the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ments to de­velop the city in a planned man­ner and ac­com­mo­date its con­stantly in­creas­ing mi­grant pop­u­la­tion. Many res­i­dent wel­fare of­fi­cials from sev­eral unau­tho­rised colo- the emerg­ing pop­u­la­tion En­croach­ments and il­le­gal con­struc­tion con­tin­ued un­abated and by 1974, an­other 260 colonies were added to the list In 1977, the gov­ern­ment, for the first time, is­sued a pol­icy of reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion of unau­tho­rised colonies and made a pro­vi­sion for de­ter­mi­na­tion of de­vel­op­ment charge on prop­erty own­ers in th­ese colonies

Till Oc­to­ber 1993, 567 unau­tho­rised colonies were reg­u­larised under the gov­ern­ment’s

nies such as Sangam Vi­har (A Block), East Azad Na­gar, Ladakh Budh Vi­har Colony, Noor Na­gar Ex­ten­sion (Jamia Na­gar), Sec­tor 7, 8, 9, Vas­ant Kunj, Ra­jen­dra Park Ex­ten­sion (Nan­gloi), New Ashok Na­gar, Pa n d av N a g a r C o m p l e x , Kr­ishna Kunja II etc al­lege that a large num­ber of peo­ple are reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion pol­icy

The pace of il­le­gal con­struc­tion gained mo­men­tum after 1990 and by 1999, 1,070 more unau­tho­rised colonies had come up In 2004, the Delhi gov­ern­ment in­vited applications for reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion of unau­tho­rised colonies which had been ex­ist­ing as on March 31, 2002. Applications came from around 1,432 colonies for reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion ini­tially and till to­day the to­tal num­ber of colonies de­mand­ing reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion is 1,639

build­ing il­le­gal struc­tures and that it’s not some­thing un­usual.

“Th­ese colonies are built on agri­cul­ture, for­est and gov­ern­ment land etc and so are il­le­gal. Con­struc­tion on a private agri­cul­tural land is also il­le­gal un­less the land use is changed. La­j­pat Na­gar Malviya Na­gar

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