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AAP News Live: AAP takes up cause of Sheila’s irregular colonies
Urban Development Minister Manish Sisodia and chief secretary S.K. Srivastava wrote a letter to the divisional commissioner and principal secretary (revenue), Dharam Pal, asking all deputy commissioners to fix boundaries of the 1,600-odd colonies in a time bound manner. Having first threatened to ‘fix’ the Delhi Police, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government is now moving ahead to carry out its plan. But this time the government has steered its course at another direction – to fix the boundaries of the Capital’s 1,600- odd unauthorised colonies.
On Thursday, chief secretary S.K. Srivastava wrote a letter to the divisional commissioner and principal secretary (revenue), Dharam Pal, asking all deputy commissioners to fix boundaries of the 1,600-odd colonies in a time bound manner. What is surprising is that in 2012, the Sheila Dikshit government had announced regularisation of about 895 unauthorised colonies and which was carried out a year later.
Now, carrying out the process of fixing the boundaries of the 1,600-odd colonies, including the 895 regularised by the Congress, has raised a question mark on the exercise carried out by the Dikshit government. A senior government official said “boundaries of those colonies which were announced for regularization were fixed only on the basis of maps. It was not done on the ground level.”
Confirming the development, Dharam Pal said the deputy commissioners have been told to work on the layout plan of all the 1,600- odd unauthorised colonies. “This time boundaries will be fixed on the ground and the exercise will include all the colonies. It is a massive exercise,” the official added.
On Friday, a meeting was held at the Delhi secretariat on the issue. The meeting was chaired by state Urban Development Minister Manish Sisodia and was attended by the divisional commissioner and deputy
The regularisation process by the previous Congress government had attracted controversies as Opposition parties alleged that it was done in a hurry without carrying out proper development work in these colonies.
Thereafter, in its October 2013 report, the CAG too had raised questions about the regularisation process.
The CAG draft report mentioned a February 2006 Supreme Court order which said if the state cannot provide basic services to an unauthorised colony, there shall be no regularisation. The CAG went on to provide data making it evident that regularisation was in violation of the SC order.
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