South Delhi Municipal Corporation has concluded the first phase of a survey of farmhouses and motels, which seeks to find out violations regarding misuse and unauthorised constructions. Almost all registered motels have been found to be violating the norms, a civic official said.
“We have issued 16 notices in the Najafgarh zone and another 20 notices are being sent to motels in the south zone. The owners have been asked to submit a reply,” a senior corporation official overseeing the process said.
On September 20, the Supreme Court-appointed, three-member monitoring committee ordered the south and north corporations to survey the farmhouses and the motels, and seal those flouting master plan norms. The farmhouses registered for social events will be covered in the second phase. The civic bodies have been asked to submit a compliance report to the committee by Friday.
Contrary to popular perception, the corporation claims, only 37 motels and 41 ‘social-function farmhouses’ exist in its jurisdiction. A senior official said the category of ‘social-function farmhouses/motels’ is defined as properties developed in farmland on outer circles of the city and cover above 2.5 acres and hold commercial function gatherings. Conversion charges have to be paid to use a residential farmhouse under the ‘social function’ category. Most of the registered farmhouses are located in Bijwasan, Ranhola, Chhatarpur main road, Dwarka link road, Kapashera and Samalkha.
The monitoring committee had inspected some of the farmhouses and motels under the north and south corporations and “noticed large-scale violations”. It is estimated that there are 3,700- 4,000 farmhouses in the capital, of which nearly 2,800 fall under the south corporation’s jurisdiction. The civic body claims that most of them are residential and no commercial activity takes place in them. The north corporation claims 31 motels and 39 farmhouses are situated in north and west Delhi areas. “However, there are many farmhouses without a sanctioned building plan,” an official said.
According the committee order, the owners of many motels and farmhouses have constructed “huge AC pandals/shamiyanas on their plots without permission from corporations. They are being used for holding social functions”.