40 lakh in 917 colonies get right to purchase,sell land

Almost a quarter of Delhi’s population,who have till now resided in illegal colonies,will finally possess their own land and be regularised as legal settlements.

Written by Apurva | New Delhi | Published: August 29, 2012 1:12:09 am

Almost a quarter of Delhi’s population,who have till now resided in illegal colonies,will finally possess their own land and be regularised as legal settlements.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday announced the regularisation of 917 colonies,which house close to 40 lakh people. She said the notification of the same is expected from the Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna’s office on Wednesday.

“The fear of the sword of demolition hanging over the future of residents in 917 unauthorised colonies has become a thing of the past,” Dikshit said at the Secretariat on Tuesday afternoon.

“In our meeting with UD Minister Kamal Nath,we put forward in no uncertain terms that the Delhi government would not demolish a single house,particularly since all the people in these colonies have put in their life savings into building these houses,” she said.

She added that her government would now act swiftly in providing all civic amenities to these 917 settlements.

Of the 917 colonies,315 were constructed on private land and the remaining on government land. Minister Dr A K Walia said residents in colonies built on private land would pay no development charges or land costs unlike the colonies on government land.

“Clearances for these 917 colonies were granted from the Forest department,Archaeological Survey of India,Delhi Development Authority,municipal corporations,Urban Development department,Revenue department and the Union Urban Development Ministry,” Walia said.

The CM also said they would now begin work on speeding up the regularisation of the remaining unauthorised colonies — numbering close to 600 — including affluent colonies like Sainik Farms,Anant Ram Dairy and Mahendru Enclave.

The Centre has also agreed in principal to a proposal from the Delhi government to grant ownership rights in 45 resettlement colonies,which were developed in the 1970s. Senior officials said the UD Ministry has decided to prepare a cabinet note on this issue and garner approval from the Union Cabinet.

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