BJP Plans To Seek 2014 Cutoff For Illegal Colonies – Times of India – 12-Dec-2014
December 23, 2014 - Uncategorized
Despite the Centre’s decision to extend the validity of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Act, 2011, till December 2017, there are close to three lakh households in slums and unauthorized colonies which are still living in fear of sealing and demolition. The government is yet to decide on the cut-off date, which is currently February 7, 2007. BJP is planning to approach the Centre again to extend the relaxation to properties which have come up after the cut-off date.
“The Centre accepted our first demand to extend the validity of the Act for three years. We will now request for extending the benefit to properties that have come up till 2014,” said Satish Upadhyay, Delhi BJP president.
As per Delhi high court orders, municipal corporations have to take action against illegal structures, including buildings which have come up between February 2007 and December 2014. “There has been massive unauthorized construction in the city in the past seven years. The government’s decision to extend the validity of the Act doesn’t provide protection to structures which have come up after February 2007,” said a senior South corporation official.
Sources say the three civic agencies have filed close to 2,300 FIRs against illegal construction since January 2013 and directed Delhi Jal Board and power discoms to disconnect water and electricity services of close to 9,000 properties. “Between January and September 2014, the corporations asked for disconnection of 8,584 connections. Close to 44,000 properties have been booked by the civic agencies since 2007 as per court orders,” said a senior official.
With assembly elections around the corner, the intensive drive currently being undertaken by civic agencies can spell doom for BJP which is the ruling party in all three corporations. After the BJP government was formed at the Centre, the state unit had approached the urban development ministry to regularize all unauthorized colonies on an ‘as is where is’ basis. “The matter is still under consideration,” said a senior BJP leader.