Colony regularisation: Probe detects wrongdoings

"Wrongdoings" have been detected in a preliminary probe by Delhi Government into giving provisional regularisation certificates to certain colonies.

New Delhi: "Wrongdoings" and flouting of
prescribed norms have been detected in a preliminary probe by
Delhi Government into alleged irregularities in giving
provisional regularisation certificates to certain
unauthorised colonies.
The Urban Development department, which was directed by
Lt Governor Tejendra Khanna and Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit
to probe the allegations, has submitted its report in which it
mentioned flouting of norms by resident welfare associations
of four colonies against whom punitive action, including
filing of FIR, is likely.

"We are in the process of issuing notices to RWAs of the
four colonies to explain their position to the government,"
senior officials said today.

They said government was all set to cancel the
provisional regularisation certificates issued to these four
colonies -- Radha Krishna Vihar, Abul Fazal Enclave II, Kotla
Mahigram and Shakti Enclave-- and FIR may also be registered
against them for misrepresenting facts to the government.
"We may also file FIR against the colonies as they
obtained PRCs without fulfilling the basic criteria of having
50 per cent built up areas in their colonies," the officials
said adding the MCD in its report had mentioned that two out
of the four colonies have very little built up area.

They said government was also examining complicity on the
part of any officials in the matter.

Noting that MCD should have been more careful in
assessing built up areas in the colonies, the officials
indicated that it was the basic responsibility of the civic
agency to scrutinise whether colonies which applied for PRC
fulfil the eligibility conditions.

Khanna and Dikshit had issued separate directives to
Urban Development department to conduct an investigation into
the allegations that non-existent colonies were issued
provisional regularisation certificates in 2008 by the

According to the complaints filed before the Lokayukta
Justice Manmohan Sarin, provisional regularisation
certificates were issued by Delhi government to certain
"non-existent" colonies.

Government had issued PRCs to 1,639 unauthorised colonies
Gandhi just before assembly polls in 2008 and has now
expedited the process to issue regularisation certificates to

Urban Development Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan said
issuance of provisional certificates does not mean
regularisation of the unauthorised colonies and all necessary
scrutiny will be carried out before regularising any
unauthorised colony.

Alleging a "huge land scam" in distribution of the
provisional certificates, BJP has demanded a CBI probe into
the allegations.


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