1,639 Colonies Don’t Meet Regularization Terms
New Delhi: In a bid to deliver on its promises to residents of unauthorized colonies, the Delhi government is seeking relaxation in Master Plan 2021 and building control norms so that regularization becomes possible for the 1,639 colonies that do not meet town planning and fire safety criteria.
The state’s urban development department has sought relaxations in MPD-2021 in an official mail to the union urban development ministry to enable regularization on an “as is where is” basis.
The letter from Delhi urban development secretary RK Srivastava to Sudhir Krishna, his central counterpart, written over a fortnight ago, reveals how the state wants changes in the norms under MPD 2021 to facilitate the making of layout plans by the municipal corporations in colonies which fail to qualify as per current norms.
The state informs that local bodies are of the view there is a marked change in the number of plots submitted by RWAs at the time of application in 2007-08 when compared to the present ground
reality. The boundaries for these colonies have been fixed based on aerial survey images and 50% built-up area in 2007.
There are plots in these colonies of less than 32 sq metres as against the provisions of MPD-2021. Besides, the existing width of roads in many colonies may be less than six metres which is contrary to fire safety norms.
“Existing ground realities cannot be ignored. Hence the MPD norms may require relaxation,” the department has written.
The local bodies have reported that it would be difficult to strictly adhere to existing norms of town planning and fire safety in these colonies. In this case, the department feels that the layout plans of these colonies may not be approved.
In view of this, the department has now suggested to the ministry that the “only way forward could be to regularize the colony on as is where is basis by relaxing MPD-2021 and building control norms subject to certification of structural safety by a qualified architect or engineer”.
To justify the relaxations, the department says that the norms of MPD-2021 may be made applicable to unauthorized colonies while undertaking incentivized redevelopment.
Source: Times of India