clueless about building by-law changes


Posted online: Friday, November 11, 2005 at 0000 hours IST




NEW DELHI, NOV 10:  Four months after the Delhi government
made certain changes in the archaic building by-laws, the Delhi Development
Authority (DDA) is still clueless about them. Especially the amendments in
the by-laws which relate to regularisation of unauthorized colonies. The
upshot: work on the 1,071 colonies identified for this purpose in 1993 will
have to start afresh.

But the DDA, the implementing authority, has not
been informed about these changes either.

“There are different categories of colonies
and the majority of them are on government land. The Municipal Corporation of
Delhi has categorised them differently
to collect property tax and as a result, every cluster will have different
guidelines for regularisation,” a DDA official said.

The officials are of the view that in the absence of
a Union minister for urban development —- Ghulam Nabi Azad is now the
chief minister of Jammu & Kashmir —- the process of ratification of
the changes devised by the state government will take a long time.

“There is no deadline for the regularisation
of unauthorised colonies and all of them might not be regularised at one go.
The process could start with the colonies on government land,” an
official from the urban development ministry said.



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