Dated: 9th August 2013
The government wants to deliver on its assurance to the residents of unauthorised colonies. The government is looking for relaxation in Master Plan 2021 and in the building control norms. This initiative is taken so that regularization becomes possible for the 1639 colonies that do not meet town planning and fire safety criteria.
To enable the regularization, the state’s urban development department requested relaxations in MPD – 2021 in an official mail to the union urban development ministry.
A letter written by the Secretary of Delhi urban development Mr. R.K.Srivastava to his central counterpart Mr. Sudhir Krishna discloses about the state’s need to change the norms under MPD – 2021 which would help in the creation of the blueprints by the municipal corporations in colonies. The current norm is a failure in this regard.
According to the state, the local bodies has observed a noticeable change in the number of plots submitted at the time of application by RWA in 2007 – 08 in comparison to today’s ground reality. In 2007, the boundaries have been fixed based on aerial survey image and 50% built up area.
Against the provision of MPD – 2021, these colonies consist of plots less than 32 sq metres. Beside this, on contrary to the fire safety norms, many colonies have less than 6 metres width of roads.
Mr. Ajay Dabas – Director, Certes Realty acknowledged that the MPD – 2021 norms may have to be revised and relaxation is necessary as the existing ground reality can’t be ignored.
The department thinks that the blueprints of these colonies may not be approved as the local bodies have reported the difficulty to follow the existing norms of fire safety and town planning in the colonies.
The department has recommended to the ministry a solution to regularize the colony by the relaxations in the MPD – 2021. Qualified engineer or architecture would be taken into account for building control norms subject to certification of structural safety.
According to the department, the norms of MPD – 2021 could be made applicable to colonies which are not authorised while undertaking incentivised redevelopment.