Regularization of colonies: AAP govt. to use real time surveys to clear bottlenecks

New Delhi: Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party government has decided not to use satellite images in determining boundaries of what are called unauthorized colonies – which has proved to be a bottleneck for years in their regularization – and instead go in for real-time surveys, officials said.

After the government found that satellite images lacked accuracy in determining the boundaries, the Arvind Kejriwal government has employed Total Station Machine (TSM) Survey for the task – a method officials describe as “more accurate and reliable”.

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses at the flagging-off ceremony of Mechanical Sweepers at Kalibari Marg in New Delhi, on June 4, 2015. (Photo: IANS)Following irregularities in the process of authorizing such settlements in 2012, the then Sheila Dikshit-led Congress government had asked the Survey of India to provide satellite images for verifying built-up areas in these settlements.

“There were many problems in determining boundaries through satellite images. You cannot rely on satellite images when it comes to unauthorized colonies in Delhi,” a government official told IANS.

“TSM is more of a manual method. People engaged in surveying will go to these colonies with equipment. It is an important step. You cannot progress in regularizing colonies till you demarcate their boundaries,” he added.

“The good part is that people engaged in the survey will visit these colonies.”

In the method, an electronic or optical instrument theodolite, used in modern surveying and building construction, as it can measure slope distance, vertical angle, and horizontal angle from a set-up point to a foresight point is employed.

“Two private agencies had been hired to do this. It will be first used in the 895 unauthorized colonies notified for regularization,” the official said.

Like the previous Congress regime, the AAP government has also promised to regularize unauthorized colonies.

The Dikshit government had in 2008 decided to regularize 895 of the 1,639 unauthorized colonies. However, none of them has been regularized till date.

“It is the boundary issue. How will you prepare a layout if the boundary is not there,” a senior government official, who did not want to be named, told IANS.

Of 1.18 crore people in Delhi, some 50 lakh live in unauthorized settlements which are devoid of basic facilities.

The AAP government had this week said that it would work towards the regularization of the national capital’s unauthorized colonies by initiating steps like boundary fixation and asking the MCD to prepare layout plans for such colonies. (IANS)