While welcoming the move by the Centre to extend ownership rights to the residents of the unauthorised colonies, President of United RWAs Joint Action of Delhi (URJA) Atul Goyal raised serious concerns on the sustainable development of these colonies as per the laid down norms of the proposed future master plan of Delhi.
He said, “The status of colonies that have come up on Yamuna riverbed still hang in limbo in absence of any demarcated boundary lines by Delhi Development Authority (DDA).”
He further emphasized the need of a local area development plan that fulfils the parameters of a sustainable development and building norms applicable in the city for all these colonies.
“The need to demarcate the boundaries and provide civic amenities like legal water, sewage, electricity connections besides developing roads and other infrastructure must be provided in a specific time,” he said.
A memorandum regarding this was submitted to Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.
The Union Cabinet last month approved a proposal to grant ownership rights to people living in unauthorised colonies in Delhi. The move is expected to benefit 40 lakh people.
The decision is applicable to 1,797 identified unauthorised colonies spread over 175 square km inhabited by people from lower income groups.