DDA meeting held at Raj Niwas

The following decisions were taken in the Authority Meeting held on 24.02.2014 at Raj Niwas:

1. PENALTY RELIEF SCHEME- 2014: In order to provide relief to the allottees of hire purchase flats, who could not make payment of monthly installments on regular basis, and in response to representations received for providing relief in amount of penalty / interest payable on account of default in making payment of monthly installments, a fresh Penalty Relief Scheme has been approved by the Authority. As per this scheme the relief in penalty to the extent of 25% will be available to applicants who intend to clear outstanding dues like interest, ground rent etc. in one go upto the date of application. The scheme will be operative for six months from the date of announcement.

Many cases of conversion from leasehold to freehold have been pending for years due to heavy misuse charges which at times exceeded the cost of the plot / flat. In order to provide relief to such allottees and to facilitate conversion to freehold a relief scheme has been approved by the Authority. The policy of levy of misuse charges had been reviewed in view of various court cases. It was decided that as a onetime relief a Scheme may be launched wherein the maximum period for levy of misuse charges will be restricted to 5 years from the date of detection of the misuse. This will help people seeking conversion to pay misuse charges and get their properties converted speedily.

For those persons whose leases had expired and are mostly in Karol Bagh, Darya Ganj and Pahar Ganj and therefore, these properties cannot be converted into freehold. In order to give relief to thousands of residents living in Karol Bagh, Darya Ganj and Pahar Ganj the Authority approved the proposal for issuing the orders for implementation of freehold policy uniformly, in all such cases where the term leases have expired, after payment of pro-rata premium.

(i) Change of land use from residential to Public and Semi Public facilities for a site measuring 4198.12 sq. mtrs for a cemetery in Pocket R-17 and adjoining to a proposed cremation ground and burial ground in Sector 14, Rohini Phase-V was approved. The land was a DDA acquired land. The land use was changed on the request of North Delhi Municipal Corporation.

(ii) Land use of 15.02 hectares of land at Revenue Estate of village Jonapur was changed from ‘residential’ use to’ Public and Semi Public use for establishment of Green Field World Class Skill Centre. The land use was changed on the request of Govt. of NCT, Delhi for setting up of World Class Skill Centre in collaboration with Government of Singapore.

(iii) Land use was changed for land measuring 10 acres from ‘residential use’ to ‘Government use’ for setting up Data Centre and Main Office Complex and other related infrastructure for NATGRID at Andheria Mor, village Mehrauli.

The proposal regarding Kathputli Colony and the shifting of residents of the colony was deliberated by the Authority at length. The Hon’ble Lt. Governor, Shri Najeeb Jung and the Authority was informed that a Writ Petition filed by the residents in the Court of Law against shifting, has been dismissed. It was also informed that the land at Anand Parbat where the transit camp is located is DDA land and is for public and semi public use. As per a direction of the Court, this land has to be utilized within two years by DDA for public and semi public use. It was felt by the Authority that DDA has no other alternative except to shift the residents at the earliest so that flats can be constructed within two years and the Kathputli residents are shifted back thereby vacating the land at Anand Parbat for use as per the landuse.

Lt. Governor directed DDA to ensure that shifting of dwellers is done amicably and without any inconvenience in any way during shifting. Sufficient back up services, as required in multi-storey building should be provided at Kathputli Colony once flats for allottees are constructed. DDA assured that there will be no inconvenience while the dwellers are being shifted to the transit accommodation and a census would be evolved among dwellers about shifting process.

A proposal to cover bonafide residents of the upper floors in the Kathputli slum cluster who figured in the survey list of 2010-2011, for allotment of flats and for getting accommodated in transit camp, was also approved by the Authority. It was also approved that in case the name of some residents, not found in the survey list, but proved to living in Kathputli Colony prior to the date of closure of survey and having documents to demonstrate that they are bonafide residents, will also be considered. The developer has also been permitted to use unused FAR to construct more flats for the purpose, if required.

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Neemo Dhar
Advisor – PR, DDA