Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal, The building permission branch of Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) has started the process tro regularize the 10 other illegal colonies of the city. The illegal colonies of Neelbad and Bhanpur areas will be regularized. The lay-out plan of the colonies has been readied and objections and suggestions have been invited. After this the development fee would be fixed.
Development fee was fixed to regularise 127 illegal colonies of the city and their lay-out plan was prepared. However, the accounts of the colonies have not yet opened at the zonal level and no arrangements for the funds have been made for undertaking development works. The then chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan had fixed the deadline of August 15 to regularise the illegal colonies. In the first phase 146 colonies were identified.
But so far 127 colonies have been regularised. BMC officials said the work was suspended for two months on account of Model Code of Conduct leading to the delay. Now the accounts are being opened and development works would be undertaken.
These are 10 illegal colonies
Colonies to be regularised include Mahadev Nagar Berkheri Kala, Sakshi Nagar, Neelbad, Jagannath Puri, Narayan Nagar Bhanpur, Nikunj Nagar Khejda, Sai Vihar Phase One Maholi, Chandan Nagar, Ananya Homes Bhanpur, Sai Vihar Phase 2 Maholi, New Rjvansh Colony Bhanpur, Shanti Homes Palasi.
Advantage of regularisation
After the layout of the colonies is ready, their development fee will be decided. Building permissions will be given for the legal colonies. Also the development charges will b deposited in ward or zonal offices. Property tax accounts will be opened. Bank loan will be available as all government permissions will be given. This will accelerate process of development.
How the fund is used
In colonies where over 70 per cent residents belong to low income group (plots of less than 96 sq. meter), people have to pay only 20 per cent development fee, while residents of other colonies have to pay 50 per cent.
Residents do not pay for works related to water, electricity and sewage. The civic body prepares a separate estimate for these works.
Amount received for works done through MLA or MP fund or under public participation scheme is treated as contributed by residents.