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Residents refuse to accept layout plans

The process of regularisation of unauthorised colonies has hit another roadblock as the resident welfare associations (RWA) have refused to accept the approved layout plans in their present form.
These associations have demanded that the layout plan should be based on the constructions that exit today and not on the maps drawn with the help of satellite photos taken in 2007. The maps show certain plots as vacant though buildings have come up on them.

‘The corporation has approved our colony on the basis of the occupancy status of 2007. It has asked us to submit an affidavit stating that the RWAs will handover those vacant plots to the corporation. There is presently no vacant plot in the colony,’ said East Azad Nagar RWA chief Subhash Chandra Kohli.

‘They have (RWAs) submitted their concerns in writing and we have forwarded it to the Delhi government,’ said TP Vishwas, EDMC town planner.
East Azad Nagar exists on 3.3 acres of land and has 83 built up houses according to the layout plan approved by the corporation. However, over 100 houses exit in the colony. Also while the approved layout plan for the colony shows four plots as vacant, the ground reality is that all these plots have been subdivided and constructed.

A condition laid by the corporation for the approval of the layout plan states ‘The vacant plots as the satellite imagery of 2007 (on which the boundaries have been fixed by the Delhi government) have been proposed for community facilities. These sites shall be handed over free of cost to the land and estate department of the corporations by the RWA before release of building activities.’ said the condition in the layout plan which is bone of contention between RWAs and civic bodies.

The five other colonies — New Vishwas Nagar, Bhagwan Park and Uttaranchal Enclave,  Rajouri Garden Extension and Meethapur (Badarpur) —  the layout plans of which have been approved by the corporations are also facing the similar problem.

Chief town planner of the three corporations Shamsher Singh said, ‘The RWAs have neither submitted fee for making layout plan nor turned up to accept it so far.’ He added that the same issue will come to haunt each of 895 colonies notified for regularisation because many of the buildings were constructed after 2007.
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