REG­U­LAR­I­SA­TION not an easy task

Aam Aadmi Party’s prom­ise to reg­u­larise unau­tho­rised colonies has its chal­lenges

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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.

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