Infrastructure Is Priority, Regularisation Comes Later, Says HC To Delhi Govt
The Delhi High Court sought the response of the Delhi government and municipal bodies on a plea seeking directions to them not to regularise unauthorised colonies till proper infrastructure is developed in such areas and the buildings conform to safety norms.
A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar issued notice to the AAP government, North MCD and the DDA and asked them to submit responses in 10 days. It listed the petition on November 15 when a similar
matter comes up for hearing in which the high court had earlier set up a committee to look into the menace of unauthorised construction in all corners of Delhi.
Claiming that there were over 1,700 illegal colonies in the national capital which have come up with the alleged "active connivance" of the officials of the local authorities and the Delhi government, the petition has sought an immediate
stoppage of unauthorised constructions.
The plea, by advocate Arpit Bhargava, claimed that illegal constructions have come up in violation of the National Building Code 2005 for seismic zone IV, in which Delhi falls, and the order of the high court that no building should be allowed to come up without complying with the norms. He has sought directions to the authorities "to stop regularisation of any unauthorised colony till infrastructure development has taken place in all such colonies and safety
norms are complied with".
In his plea, he had also sought fixing of accountability on the officials who had allowed such unauthorised colonies to come up and taking strict action against them.
With inputs from Housing News