Flagging its concerns regarding the gaps in the implementation of the Delhi Master Plan-2021, the public accounts committee (PAC) has also sought the details on the current status of the implementation of the Master Plan, outlining achievements, failures or delays. It has asked the ministry to give explanations in detail.
The PAC’s report was submitted to both Houses of Parliament on Wednesday.
While taking note that the primary objective of the targeted demolition by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is the retrieve valuable government land and to take measures to avoid any future encroachment, the committee observed, “no effort is made to trace the whereabouts of the encroachers and recover the legal charges” as provisioned in the DDA Act of 1957.
“The committee is of the view that this amounts to allowing violators to go scot-free…The committee, therefore, desires the ministry to evolve a mechanism for streamlining the measures for recovery of the demolition charges in consonance with the DDA Act, 1957 in future,” the panel said. It has also sought details and status of the demolition and fencing of all encroached DDA land.
As far as the progress of implementation of the Delhi Master Plan 2021 is concerned, the PAC in December 2018 had pulled up the DDA for its failure in monitoring the progress of city infrastructure and had asked it for setting up a monitoring unit.
The panel in its report has recommended the ministry to ensure that the High-Level Committee consisting of all the stakeholders hold their meetings for reviewing, monitoring and managing the execution of the Master Plan. The ministry has been asked to submit a status report.