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Indore: Nearly 70 more illegal colonies to be regularised


Indore: While the process of regularising around 100 colonies is already underway, Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) has geared up to add about 70 more colonies to its tally. “We are shortlisting more illegal colonies, which can be legalised. More than 70 more colonies can be shortlisted for regularisation,” said IMC colony cell in charge Arun Sharma.

Earlier, IMC had prepared a list of 101 illegal colonies for regularisation. The process for legalising those colonies is still underway. About one-and-a-half-years ago, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had announced plans to regularise illegal colonies in the state after the move to declare Tulsi Nagar as “illegal locality” invited protests by residents.

After receiving directions from government, IMC prepared a list of 572 illegal colonies in the city.  Later, 24 more illegal colonies were identified, taking their total number to 596. Out of them, 101 colonies were shortlisted for regularisation in first phase.  In all, 52 colonies were found viable for the purpose whereas 44 colonies were found having problems related to khasra numbers.

Subsequently, the cases of all 44 colonies were sent to tehsildars on August 10. “We are expecting their clearance shortly. After that, other formalities will be completed and a notification for legalising colonies will be issued,” said Sharma. He said work to fix development fee for colonies to be legalised is underway.

Regularisation ahead of polls

There is pressure on IMC to regularise colonies before assembly elections, sources said. The government had set August 15 deadline but procedural hurdles derailed the process. “Regularisation process will be completed in one or two months. We won’t let elections hit the regularisation process,” said an IMC official wishing anonymity.

 List of non-regularised colonies also to be released

IMC would also release list of non-regularised illegal colonies. “There are many colonies, which can’t be regularised due to different reasons. We will release list of such colonies also,” Sharma said.

The colonies, which can’t be regularised include those that were developed either on nazul land or green belt. Some of them have even been developed on catchment area of water bodies. “Colony-wise, we will give reason why a particular colony can’t be regularised,” Sharma said.