Ineligible colonies with certificates to be issued

New Delhi: Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday said notices are being issued to certain unauthorised colonies which had managed to collect provisional regularisation certificates from the government without having requisite qualification.

"We are issuing notices to certain colonies," Dikshit told reporters replying to a question on the issue.

Senior officials said government was in the process of scrutinising details of colonies which did not meet mandatory eligibility criteria of having 50 per cent built up areas. They said government has identified over 100 colonies which do not meet the prescribed conditions for regularisation.

The Delhi government had issued provisional regularisation certificate to 1,639 unauthorised colonies just before assembly polls in 2008 and now has started the process to regularise them.

The Urban Development department, which was directed by Lt Governor Tejendra Khanna and Dikshit to probe the allegations of irregularities in handing over the certificates, has submitted its report in which it mentioned flouting of norms by resident welfare associations of four colonies.

The opposition BJP has been mounting attack on government alleging that "non-existent" colonies were issued the provisional regularisation certificates violating prescribed norms. BJP has demanded a CBI probe into the allegations.

Delhi Lokayukta yesterday asked city government to file a report on allegations of irregularities in giving provisional regularisation certificates to certain colonies.

Responding to a complaint filed by former MLA Ramvir Singh Bidhuri, Lokayukta Justice Manmohan Sarin directed Urban Development Department and Revenue Department to file reports within one month regarding handing out PRCs to three colonies -- Radha Krishna Vihar in Kalkaji, Abul Fazal Enclave II in Jasola and Kotla Mahigram also in Jasola.

Dikshit said provisional regularisation certificates were distributed in 2008 after getting approval of Union Urban Development Ministry and that handing out such certificates does not mean regularisation of the colonies.

"We issued provisional certificates not permanent certificates. Permanent certificates will be issued after detailed scrutiny," she said.

Dikshit said it was the responsibility of the civic body to verify eligibility conditions like built up area and compliance of other conditions and the civic body failed to perform its duty.

Asked about the Lokayukta notice, she only said "No notice has been sent to me."