With the Supreme Court deadline of 31 December 2002 for relocating
industries from non-industrial areas approaching, and no progress on the
relocation scheme, at a hastily called meeting on 20 December 2002 DDA
approved regularisation of industries in 24 residential areas.
News reports of 21 December 2002:
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PROPOSAL ON INDUSTRIAL UNITS GETS DDA'S NOD
By Our Staff Reporter
NEW DELHI DEC. 20. Taking a stand contrary to the affidavits submitted by
the former Union Minister for Urban Development, Jagmohan, before the
Supreme Court, the Delhi Development Authority today passed a proposal
regularising functioning of industries in 24 non- conforming residential
areas of Delhi.
Under the new Urban Development Minister, Ananth Kumar, the proposal was
once again listed on the agenda of Delhi Development Authority -- which
now has a new Vice-Chairman in Subhash Sharma, a confidante of Delhi BJP
president, Madan Lal Khurana -- and passed unanimously by the Authority.
The issue had raised several eyebrows as the Ministry of Urban Development
had itself in September 2000 rejected change of land use from residential
to industrial in 15 pockets of industrial concentration as recommended by
DDA. Its new stand is, therefore, bound to be challenged in the Apex
Court. The Ministry had then noted that "keeping in view the already
deteriorating environmental conditions in Delhi and the ever- growing
menace of illegal constructions and unauthorised encroachments, the
Government does not agree with the proposal''.
Further, the Urban Development Ministry had noted in a letter to
Commissioner (Planning) of DDA, Vijay Risbud, that such a move "would send
wrong signals and would encourage lawless elements and add to the menace
of unauthorised constructions and illegal activities in Delhi and would
attract future migrants.''
Still, while nothing has changed for the better on the ground, efforts
have now again started to revive the issue. And the fact that the Delhi
Industry Minister, Deep Chand Bandhu, has endorsed the move, shows that
there are political and other interests involved in the exercise which on
the face of it seeks to prevent the closure or displacement of nearly
20,000 industrial units but in reality overlooks not only the interests of
residents of these colonies but all other citizens of Delhi as well.
In accepting the proposed policy for redevelopment of existing industrial
clusters, the DDA would also be violating its own guidelines on open
spaces, sewage disposal and greenery in these areas. As all these areas
are scattered across the Capital, their regularisation as "industrial''
zones would lead to chaos and widespread air, noise and water pollution.
At the meeting, DDA considered the proposal sent by the Delhi Cabinet for
regularisation of industrial units in 24 residential areas -- which had
industries in over 70 per cent areas -- identified by the Delhi Government
to prevent them from being closed down. Incidentally, as Urban Development
Minister, Jagmohan had got an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court stating
that his Ministry was not keen on making changes in the Master Plan and
ruled out regularisation of these industrial units functioning from
residential areas. But though in the present circumstances such a change
is not tenable, the DDA proposal seeks to "legalise'' the running of these
industries "in contravention to land use provisions of Master Plan of
Delhi 2001'' by making suitable and convenient changes and making them a
part of MPD 2021, which is being drafted at present.
DDA DECIDES NOT TO CLOSE INDUSTRIES
(New Delhi, December 20)
The closure of industrial units in residential colonies, ordered by the
Supreme Court, has been stalled. The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) in
a meeting on Friday approved the proposal to change the land use pattern
of 24 residential colonies in which 70 per cent or more buildings house
These residential colonies will be redesignated industrial areas. The
proposal will be sent to the Urban Development Ministry for approval.
The DDA meeting was chaired by Lt. Governor Vijai Kapoor. Senior DDA
officials and elected members attended the meeting.
The scheme says the colonies will, have to be redeveloped in accordance
with norms laid down by the DDA, within a period of five years.
The norms require that there should be an 18 metre wide approach road to
each colony and nine metre wide roads in front of 100 metre plots. They
also specify that 20 per cent of the total area of these colonies are to
be reserved for infrastructure - sub-stations, pump houses, etc - and
parks and open spaces. Given the ground situation these norms are unlikely
to ever get implemented.
DDA member and MLA Mahabal Mishra demanded that another condition
specified in the proposal - that licences of industrial units will not be
renewed unless land use clearance is obtained - is illogical and should be
done away with.
This proposal had been turned down in September 2000 by then Urban
Development Minister Jagmohan. A deputy secretary of the ministry in a
letter to the Planning Department in September 2000 had noted that such
regularisation "would send wrong signals, encourage lawless elements, add
to the menace of unauthorised construction and illegal activities in
Delhi, and attract migrants".
The proposal is however unlikely to be turned down this time round since
both the Congress and BJP are eager to take credit for bailing out owner
of industrial units.
TURN 24 RESIDENTIAL AREAS INTO INDUSTRY ZONES, SAYS DDA
Express News Service
New Delhi, December 20: Delhi Development Authority (DDA) today
recommended that industries be allowed in 24 residential areas of Delhi
that have more than 70 per cent industrial concentration.
If this DDA move is approved by the Urban Development Ministry, about
20,000 industries won't have to relocate to Bawana. The Supreme Court
deadline for shifting non-conforming industries outside the city is
After the DDA's recommendation at a meeting held today, Delhi Industries
Minister Deep Chand Bandhu claimed to be close to solving the problem. He
said: ''I am happy that DDA has accepted our request but we would have
been happier if they had made the terms and conditions a little more
Not many of the 20,000 industries would be allowed to stay if the terms
remain the same, he added.
According to the terms, units that can stay must be non-polluting, should
have approach from an 18-metre road, should have a nine-metre road between
industrial clusters, and should have fixed areas earmarked for open
spaces, and sub-stations.
The decision today gives the Delhi government some relief as the SC
deadline is just 10 days away. While the closure is scheduled for December
31, the DDA would have to issue a public notice inviting objections from
residents before changing the land use pattern. ''People have to be given
a month's time to react to the notice. This rules out anything happening
overnight,'' planners point out.
Planner Gita Dewan Verma said: ''There is logic in this decision. If these
areas become industrial, then the DDA is going to turn around and call the
residents non-conforming and tell them to leave. How can it just declare
that a particular land use has been hereby changed?''
''The DDA can change land use only under Section 11A of the DDA Act,
wherein the norms of an industrial zone are met with and the public are
duly asked to record their objections. Or the land use can be changed
under the industrial areas redevelopment scheme. Areas like Anand Parbat
and Shahdara have been notified after being considered safe and
compatible. But if these 24 residential areas are made industrial, then we
are finally losing from the total kitty of residential space, which we are
short of in Delhi. This is mindless,'' remarks Verma.
The regularised areas are Shahjehanabad Extension, Mundka, Nandli
Shakaravati, Vishwas nagar, Khayala, Trinagar, Shalimar Village, Hastsal,
Karawal Nagar, Peeragarhi, Basaidharapur, Dabri, Libaspur, Hyderpur and GT
Karnal Road. Nine more areas were later added to these. They are Rithala,
Naresh Park Extension, Jawahar Nagar Loni Road, W Z Industrial Area Kirti
Nagar, Navada, Tikri Kalan, New Mandavli, Sultanpur Majra and Pehladpur
DDA CLEARS 24 COLONIES AS INDUSTRIAL ZONES
Staff Reporter/New Delhi
In a significant decision, Delhi Development Authority (DDA) committee
cleared the list of 24 colonies having more than 70 per cent industrial
concentration, for declaring them as industrial zones.
The DDA committee's meeting was held at Raj Niwas and was presided over by
Lt-Governor Vijai Kapoor. Mr Kapoor is the chairperson of this committee.
After according approval to the list of 24 colonies, the DDA committee
forwarded the matter to the Union Urban Development Ministry to take a
final decision on this matter.
Buoyed at the response of the DDA, Industry Minister Deep Chand Bandhu
announced that the Delhi Government will start a fresh survey to identify
more areas for declaring them industrial zones. "This survey will start
from January 1 and take a broad view of remaining colonies in the Capital
having substantial number of industrial units," said Mr Bandhu.
Mr Bandhu had urged the DDA early this week to take a positive view of the
city Government's proposal for declaring 24 colonies as industrial zones.
"Since the DDA was unable to provide adequate land for relocation of
11,000 industries from the non-conforming areas, at least these 24
colonies having more than 70 per cent industrial concentration should be
declared as industrial zones," the Minister stated on Wednesday.
After the DDA's approval to the city Government's plea, Mr Bandhu urged
the Union Urban Development Ministry to take a lenient view of the
conditions imposed by it for declaring these colonies as industrial areas.
DDA had approved a list of 15 colonies in the year 1999 also. But the then
Urban Development Minister Jagmohan had rejected the plea of the city
Government to declare these residential colonies as industrial zones.
"Since all these colonies have congested roads, the stringent condition of
the 18 metre wide road in these colonies cannot be met at any cost," he
said. Once again, the final confirmation of these 24 colonies is subject
to approval of Union Urban Development Ministry if they fulfil all the
nine stipulated conditions .
"Ten per cent of the total area should be reserved for infrastructure
requirements like sub-stations, pump houses, fire station etc and another
10 per cent area shall be reserved for parks and open space," stated the
paper carrying the laid down conditions for confirmation of these 24
colonies as industrial zones.
Mr Bandhu claimed that the DDA had failed to identify the land for
relocation of 11,000 industries near Mundka in West Delhi. "They have
identified only one stretch of 175 acres of land in Narela and we have
already issued notices for the change of land use here," he said