Thursday, November 30, 2006
Most parts of south, south-west, north, north-west, central Delhi, NDMC area and Walled City faced a severe crisis on Wednesday and the crisis is likely to continue for the next two days.
Delhi Jal Board (DJB) blamed Haryana for this crisis as the state has not been maintaining the pond level and canal level upstream.
Haryana has to release enough water to maintain the pond level at Wazirabad at 674.50 feet and canal level at 710 feet.
If the state does not maintain the limits prescribed by inter-state agreements, Delhi gets less raw water and the production at treatment plants falls leading to a crisis.
On Wednesday, the pond level fell to 673.30 feet and the canal level was 708 feet. Following this, production at Wazirabad, Chandrawal, Haiderpur and Nangloi water treatment plants fell.
Haiderpur, which produces 210 MGD, treated only 148 MGD on Wednesday. The 105 MGD Chandrawal plant produced 100 MGD and 124 MGD Wazirabad treated 115 MGD.
Nangloi plant, that has an installed capacity of 40 MGD but produces only 20 MGD, treated 17 MGD on Wednesday. DJB received several complaints from residents of south Delhi, including colonies like Vasant Kunj, Vasant Vihar, Munirka, Dwarka and R K Puram.
DJB CEO Arun Mathur has written to Haryana principal secretary (irrigation) to ask the state to release enough water.
Chief secretary Ramesh Narayanaswami has written to his Haryana counterpart about the crisis in Delhi. Mathur said:
"This problem has been recurring in the last one month. Even during winters we are facing a water crunch because Haryana is not releasing enough water. At present, only Bhagirathi, Sonia Vihar and Okhla plants are functioning up to their capacity as they work on the Ganga water."
Mathur also briefed chief minister Sheila Dikshit on the water crisis. He added: "We are issuing advisories for residents. But the situation is likely to continue for the next two days."
In the draft Master Plan, prepared by the Delhi Development Authority, a strong case has been made for a liberal regime on “mixed use of land” — allowing commercial activity in residential areas — and broad parameters have been given.
Urban Development ministry sources said that while the Lutyen's Bungalow Zone, Civil Lines and government housing and heritage areas will be completely out-of-bounds for such commercial activities, the affluent colonies - categorized as the A and B-grade colonies under the Municipal Corporation of Delhi's (MCD) property tax system - will allow only allow the bare-minimum commercial activity.
This would mean that upscale localities like Defence Colony, Friends' Colony, Green Park, Hauz Khas, Gulmohar Park, Safdarjung Development Area, Maharani Bagh, Panchsheel and Greater Kailash can have only practising professionals (doctors, lawyers, CAs, architects) working from their homes. Apart from this, guest houses, nursing homes and pre-primary schools can exist along with retail shops, provided they are on a 18 metre-wide road.
Sources said that in the group housing societies as well, mainly located in Mayur Vihar, Patparganj, Rohini and Dwarka areas, only professionals will be allowed to practice and smaller shops will be permitted, provided they were part of the original lay-out plan. In the rest of Delhi, falling under the C, D, E, F and G colonies, retail shops will be given a free-run on the notified 2,000-plus roads.
According to sources, the retail commercial shops will also cover a wide range, like vegetable and fruit vendors, general stores, dairy products, stationary, PCO booths etc. Sources said this list could be expanded as well.
The UD ministry sources also say that owners of such commercial activities will have to be registered with the local civic body - on the lines of September 7 notification - and will have to pay a one-time registration charge ranging from Rs 250 to Rs 1,000.
Over and above, all these violators will have to pay annual "mixed-use" charges and these will be paid, just like the annual property taxes, every year before June 30 for the previous fiscal year.
While DDA has proposed stiff charges ranging from Rs 150 to Rs 2,300 per square metre (depending on the colony category and commercial activity) in the draft Plan, the UD ministry is expected to scale it down .
Sources said the ministry is likely to bring this down to almost half of what is proposed by the DDA, since it's under pressure from the Congress legislators who are demanding a reduction of 10-20 per cent of the proposed charges.
However, even if the violator does not register himself, as per the proposed master plan, he can still get away by paying up to 10 times the conversion charges as penalty.
The UD ministry sources said that even this clause can be relaxed by the government and a compromise of six times the conversion charges could be reached.(Expressindia.com)
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
New Delhi, December 27: Twelve years after an applicant for a DDA flat was wrongly allotted a plot in an area that he had not applied for, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) has finally paid up the interest on the deposit due to him.
With the court questioning how the DDA calculated the rate of interest as simple instead of compound rate, as specified by the law, the case may serve as a precedent for all DDA allottees who have not received their due refunds.
Under the existing DDA Act, Lal was to have been paid the original deposit of Rs 10,000 as well as interest on the deposit, calculated at compound rates of 7 per cent per annum. However, DDA told the Indian Airlines official that the interest would be calculated as simple interest of 7 per cent. The applicant approached the North District Consumer Forum, which ruled next year that DDA was undoubtedly in the wrong, and that the full deposit amount with compound interest “as per rules” was to be paid forthwith along with compensation “for mental harassment”.
Appealing against the verdict, the DDA went to the State Commission, seeking exemption from paying interest at compound rates, citing Clause 2.3 of the application brochure which specified terms and conditions for allotment of flats. The State Commission finally came out with its verdict in February last year, dismissing the DDA’s appeal, and declaring that it could not be exempted in such circumstances from paying the interest rate.
Lal returned to the North District Forum, which however wrote off the interest calculated by the DDA as being satisfactory. This time, Lal approached the State Commission, seeking his legitimate interest amount, which by now had stretched over more than a decade. The State Commission redirected the matter to the North District Forum, directing the latter to go through the calculations once again.
During hearing, the Forum underlined the difference between the interest amount calculated by the DDA and that by Lal.
“It appears”, the Forum said in its recent judgment, “some sort of injustice has been done to the complainant while calculating the total amount of interest”.In the allotment letter given to Lal by the DDA in 1994, the Forum said, the interest on the deposit over the past 12 years had been shown as Rs 11,948, whereas DDA later claimed this amount to have been Rs 8,618. “It’s not understandable as to why there is such a huge difference in the amount,” the court remarked, directing the DDA to pay the difference, which had accrued over the years, and to comply within two months.
NEW DELHI: The Municipal Corporation of Delhi on Wednesday sealed 96 illegal commercial properties during its ongoing sealing drive in the Capital's residential areas. The drive was carried out in three civic zones amid a strong police presence.
While 74 commercial premises were sealed on the stretch between Palam Extension and Dwarka Sector-7 near Harijan Basti in Najafgarh Zone, 12 shops were targeted on Police Line Road and Polo Road in Civil Lines Zone.
Ten premises were sealed on C. V. Raman Marg in the New Friends Colony area falling in Central Zone.
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