Delhi govt seeks HC permission for providing civic amenities

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New Delhi, Mar 12 (UNI) The Urban Development department of Delhi government has approached the Delhi High Court to grant them permission to provide sewerage, water, electricity and other civic facilities to 1539 unauthorised colonies of the Capital.

An application filed in the court by the department said about 30 lakh people were suffering in the unauthorised colonies of the city for want of proper civic facilities.

Keeping in mind their woes the government had allocated a budget of Rs 2800 crore in its 11th plan. This fund will be used for expenses incurred for water supply, sewerage, roads, drains, sanitation and miscellaneous community services, the plea said.

A board had been constituted with the help of Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs) along with participation of people from MCD, DDA, discoms and other departments to ensure proper implementation of the programme, the application added.

The application said the Urban Development Ministry will make layout plans for the colonies which were on private land. Presently 1071 unauthorised colonies were found to be on the private land.

Separate layout plans were being drafted for these colonies.

The High Court had earlier on August 19, 1994 and August 17, 1998 granted permission to provide basic amenities in these colonies and clarified that supply of electricity and water to these places would not come in way of MCD, DESU in proceeding further with actions for disconnections of said facilities in unauthorised constructions.

The petition also said the Delhi government was all set to regularise these colonies and was working out the modalities of levying developement and other charges for the regularisation of them.

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