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North MCD to grant urban status to 50 villages

North MCD to grant  urban status to 50 villages
The Standing Committee of North MCD on Wednesday, approved the proposal claiming to protect the interests of the landless and the poor residing in villages. The announcement to this effect was made after the earlier order of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), which had asked civic bodies to change the status of villages in their area. The opposition, however, has slammed the BJP for the move, declaring it a strategy to raise revenue.

The Standing Committee informed that after discussions with the DDA and the Rural Area Committee, it was decided to change the status of 50 out of 103 villages, under Section 507 (a) of Municipal Corporation Act. The municipal body has said that the DDA will not acquire plots less than two hectares in any condition. Bigger plots will be acquired only after the consent of the owner. The acquired land will be developed as per the Master Plan and no charge will be slapped in lieu of development.

The agency has also asked for the preparation of a layout plan for every village, covering all aspects. Provisions for land pooling have also been made and vacant lands are to be included in unauthorised colonies of these villages. “People living in the villages ask for development as their belt is always neglected. The need of the hour is to pay heed to their needs by securing proper development. Once the order is implemented, it will boost the rural infrastructure,” said

Mohan Prasad Bhardwaj, chairman of standing committee, North MCD.

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