New Delhi, Jan 4 (UNI) Delhi Mayor Arti Mehra today urged Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy to come out either with an Amnesty Scheme or an Ordinance regularising the unauthorised construction on fourth and fifth floors of residential premises within the jurisdiction of Delhi to bring relief to the families residing in these houses.
In a letter written to Union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy, the Mayor requested him to immediately focus attention on the humanitarian and public interest aspect of the severe hardships being faced by the affected families residing at fourth and fifth floors in various areas of Delhi and find a legally acceptable solution without any loss of further time.
She also sought intervention of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in this matter by forwarding copies of the letter to them.
In her letter, Ms Mehra said, ''MCD is a statutory body created by an Act of Parliament in the form of Delhi Municipal Corporation Act, 1957 (Amended, 1995). The Deliberative Wing of MCD is responsible for formulating or enabling other agencies to formulate laws for the welfare of the citizens. It is in this capacity that MCD has already passed a Resolution that the Government should come out with an Amnesty Scheme or come out with an Ordinance regularizing the unauthorised construction on fourth and fifth floors.
Since the matter lies within the jurisdiction of the Union Urban Development Ministry, the plea of MCD is submitted for doing the needful at the end of Urban Development Ministry.'' Highlighting that most of the people residing on the fourth and fifth floors of residential premises are lower and middle class people who have purchased these flats by taking loans from bank, the Mayor said, ''these people have been beguiled by the crafty builders. They fell into their net out of their dire need for affordable accommodation in the city where the price of properties have gone beyond the means of lower and middle classes. They are already paying the price of their houses through their nose.
Besides, they are being exposed to vagaries of nature during this inclement weather conditions and examination time.'' Ms Mehra said demolition of such buildings would lead to disruption of water supply as the entire water supply system of these buildings is situated on the top floor.
''The demolition of such buildings will lead to disruption of water supply. It will make the situation worst not only for people residing on fourth and fifth floors but the entire building,'' she said.
The Mayor said it was ironical that whereas in the Delhi Master Plan, 2021, relief had been provided to rich farmhouse owners as well as banquet hall owners situated in the institutional, industrial and commercial areas, no thought had ever been given to the poor and middle class people residing on these floors.
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