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L-G Tejendra Khanna urged to call a meeting to resolve the issue

Only 14 colonies found eligible for regularisation

178 colonies found located on forest land

NEW DELHI: Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijay Kumar Malhotra charged over the weekend that with various government agencies approving of a mere 14 colonies from the 295 in the Capital’s South Zone, the Delhi Government’s much-trumpeted regularisation exercise has turned out to be a huge hoax.

The BJP leader said the fact that such a minuscule number of colonies have been shown the green flag for regularisation means that the declaration and promises of provisional regularisation given out by Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit and Congress president Sonia Gandhi prior to the last Delhi Assembly elections were nothing but a big lie.

In view of these developments, Prof. Malhotra has petitioned Delhi’s Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna to call a meeting of the State Forest Department, the Archaeological Survey of India and senior officers of the Delhi Development Authority to resolve the issue.

During a verification drive, out of the 295 unauthorised colonies in South Delhi, only 14 were found eligible for regularisation. While 178 colonies were found located on forest land, 44 had come up either on Ridge land or on land under the possession of the Archaeological Survey of India. The Ridge Development Board and the DDA had therefore raised objections to regularisation of 47 colonies.

The colonies that have been found unfit for regularisation include Sangam Vihar in Devli, Green Meadows, Hamdard Colony, Said-ul-Ajab Extension and Shanti Kunj in Chhattarpur, Abul Fazal Enclave in Okhla, Freedom Fighters Colony, Lado Sarai, Budh Vihar in Mehrauli, Aya Nagar extension, Meethapur, Chhattarpur Enclave and Gadaipur.

As for the ASI, it has objected to regularisation of Lado Sarai, Begampur, Taimoor Nagar extended abadi, Tughlaqabad, Zakir Nagar, some parts of Sangam Vihar, some portions of Said-ul-Ajab, Batla House, Panchsheel Vihar, Khirki Extension, Okhla Vihar, Noor Nagar in Jamia Nagar and some parts of Abul Fazal Enclave.

It is pertinent to note that the guidelines for regularisation lay down that colonies falling in notified area or reserved forest areas will not be considered for regularisation.