In an attempt to regularize various unauthorized colonies and constructions in the Yamuna belt, the DDA has decided to reduce the city's Zone O comprising Yamuna and the river front by about 40%. In this connection the nodal building agency will re-zone about 3,109 hectares out of the 8,070-hectare zone, it said in a recent notification. Akshardham temple, Commonwealth Games village, Rajghat, IP Power Station, Sonia Vihar and Batla House area are amongst the areas excluded from Zone O. The dwellers of Meethapur and Jaitpur village and other unauthorized colonies are not getting any permission for reconstruction or repair of their buildings from the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) on the ground that there is total embargo in Zone O. Notably, MCD is giving permission to construct facility buildings such as school, dispensary and community hall in other unauthorized colonies in other zones, while colonies falling in Zone O don't get any such permission prompting the DDA re-zoning the area.
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