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
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