REGULARISATION not an easy task
Aam Aadmi Party’s promise to regularise unauthorised colonies has its challenges
not so enthusiastic. Colonies, they say, can be regularised either through redevelopment or in situ development models and only a format suited to an individual colony should be implemented. According to Amit Bhatt, strategy head, Embarq India, regularisation can be done through the redevelopment model followed in Mumbai. Old colonies are redeveloped and given back to people living there. Additional units are sold at market rates to generate revenue and make the redevelopment project viable. In situ development involves the government providing basic facilities on the site itself such as water, sewage connection and then regularising the colonies by giving occupants ownership rights through an official gazette notification.
The government should take a hard look at these colonies and see which model best suits them. That should be decided on the basis of condition of the dwelling unit, condition of the surrounding areas, the infrastructure facilities available and the structural safety of the units. There may be some areas where structural safety is a big issue and redevelopment the only solution, Bhatt adds.