The Standing Committee of the BJP-led North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC), on October 16, 2017, passed a resolution to extend the enforcement period of the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Act 2014, from the end of this year to December 31, 2020. Tilak Raj Kataria, the chairman of the committee, said that this move would provide a one-time relief and breather, to many residents of unauthorised colonies, who were ‘living under the shadow of the wrecking ball’.
The civic body said the union urban affairs ministry had sought suggestions from it and now the NDMC’s proposal to give relief to unauthorised colonies till 2020, would be sent to the centre. There are over 1,600 unauthorised colonies in areas governed by the NDMC, including in Old Delhi, according to the corporation.
“The meeting of the Standing Committee, therefore, resolves and recommends to the government of India that provisions of the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Act 2014 (Second Amendment), which are in force up to 31.12.2017, may be extended up to 31.12.2020, with exemption from all punitive actions against the unauthorised constructions up to 31.12.2016 in all categories,” the resolution said. The bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha by a voice vote in a hurried manner, on the last day of the winter session in December 2014, when the city was poll-bound.
The urban planning of the city is governed by the building bylaws as per the Master Plan of Delhi (MPD) 2021. The NDMC plans to send the proposal to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, for getting its approval.
During the panel’s meet at the Civic Centre, opposition members, including Priyanka Singh, Seema Tahira and Vikas Goyal, opposed the redevelopment plan of municipal flats on Minto Road, alleging that the NDMC was hurriedly trying to implement the plan, without considering all the aspects that affect its residents.
On layout plans of unauthorised colonies, Kataria said, “The plan hinges on their demarcation to be done by the Delhi government. If they (Delhi government) do it, we will prepare the layout plan,” he said.
Asked if the NDMC had initiated any correspondence with the AAP dispensation in this connection, he said, “Only verbally we have communicated. However, we plan to write to the city government.”