Govt To Accept CAGs Draft Report,Will Start Regularization Process Afresh
Naziya Alvi Rahman TNN
New Delhi: Will the 895 colonies,regularized after much hype,loose the tag with the new government set to accept the CAGs draft report that has found the drive in contempt of a Supreme Court ruling
Government sources say the Congress regularization drive was shoddy and riddled with holes and the CAGs draft report confirms this.Legally speaking,the regularization drive was seriously flawed, a government official says.
State urban development (UD) department sources confirmed that the AAP government was set to accept the CAG report and would start the regularization process afresh in 1600-odd colonies taking into consideration all legal complications.
An order directing development work in all 1600 colonies will be issued by the month-end, an officer said.The UD department is writing to all district commissioners asking them to fix boundaries in their regions.
The latest CAG draft report (Oct 2013) on 895 colonies regularized by the previous government has come out with alarming findings raising questions on the legality of the process.
A CAG letter written on Nov 1,2013 warned Delhi government that if it failed to respond to the draft findings,they would be considered final.So far,the government has not responded,which might mean acceptance of the report.But Delhi government sources said they are putting together a response.
The draft report cites a February 2006 SC order which says if the state cannot provide basic services to an unauthorized colony,there shall be no regularization.In 2007,when UD ministry formulated revised regularization guidelines,clause 7.2 said the process shall be subject to SC guidelines.
CAG provides data making it evident that regularization was in violation of the SC order.Sample this: Scrutiny of 82 maps on which the Delhi government marked boundaries revealed that in 48 cases (58.53%) the trunk sewer lines and in 49 cases (58.53%) trunk water lines were not even.
The report says the UD department released Rs 3,666.81 crore between 2007and 2013,of which Rs 3,029.21 crore was spent on regularization.The audit found there was no monitoring of the physical and financial status of work.In the absence of utilization certificates and physical and financial status reportthe status of development work cannot be verified, the report says.
Out of 891 colonies,797 dont have sewer lines,the report says,while 197 have not got water lines.Basic work on roads and drains remains incomplete in 416 colonies out of 891.The report finds that in 91 colonies inspected,DJB has failed to supply water in 33.Details of sewerage connections to these colonies werent given to CAG till last October.
The CAG has found that in 98.8% cases,RWAs had not submitted ownership documents.In 24.4%,they hadnt submitted affidavits providing land for social infrastructure.Colonies were regularized without scrutiny of records submitted by RWAs, CAG concludes.
In September 2012,then lieutenant-governor Tejendra Khanna gave conditional approval for regularization of colonies and directed Delhi government to follow the eligibility criteria.The audit found several major irregularities in fixation of boundaries.
The audit objects to nonproduction of records by Delhi government like files detailing procedures adopted for regularization,files on provisional regularization certificates and minutes of meetings.
IRREGULARITIES FOUND IN RECORDS
UD department approved regularization of 895 colonies without scrutiny of file of individual colonies
Competent authoritys approval not taken before awarding additional government and private land to RWAs No proper verification of documents submitted by RWAs In 81 cases (98.78%),RWAs didnt submit mandatory ownership documents In 20 cases (24.39%),RWAs didnt submit any affidavit on providing land for social infrastructure