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Restore notification exempting villages from bye-laws: MCD

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New Delhi, Feb 23 (UNI) Displaying its unanimity over the issue of demolition of unauthorised structures in the Lal Dora area, the Standing Committee of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi today called upon the MCD and the Delhi Governments to restore the 1963 notification which stipulated that building bye-laws are not applicable in the Lal Dora villages.

The demand was voiced in a resolution moved by Leader of the House Jitendra Kochar and Leader of the Opposition Vijendra Gupta which recommended that the Lal Dora areas should be kept out of the purview of building bye-laws, under Section 507 of the DMC Act.

''On humane considerations and keeping in view the public sentiments in the Lal Dora villages, the Standing Committee resolves and recommends to the MCD that the earlier resolution to withdraw the exemptions to the villagers under Section 507 of the DMC Act be negated and the August 24, 1963 notification be restored in its totality,'' the Standing committe said in its resolution today.

Under Section 507 of the Delhi Municipal Act, MCD, with the appproval of the Central Government, can announce that rural areas and parts thereof can be exempted from the various provisions of DMC Act if deemed in public interest. As per the provision, the MCD, vide a resolution dated July 21, 1959, exempted rural areas and its parts from building bye-laws. On the basis of the resolution, a notification was issued in the Gazette notification in the year 1963.

The MCD, had, however, decided to withdraw the 1963 notification after the Delhi High Court, in a matter of Dr B L Vadhera v/s Delhi Government and others, directed the MCD to reconsider it. Hence, the MCD commissioner, in a circular dated December 30, 2004, stated that after August, 2004 building bye-laws be enforced in the Lal Dora area and that action should be taken on those buildings which were constructed after August 23, 2004.

Earlier, there was a heated debate in the meeting on the issue with the opposition and ruling party benches trading allegations.

Mr Gupta had, in a press meet yesterday, demanded that the process of denotification of the 1963 notification be stopped immediately and it be restored. This would grant exemption to various buildings facing threat of demolition on one hand and, on the other hand, save villagers from atrocities,''Mr Gupta said.

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