Days after announcements to regularise unauthorised colonies in Delhi, the Central government on Thursday approved the conversion of Nazul land (government land) from leasehold to freehold at “affordable” costs. The move comes days before Assembly elections in the capital are expected to be announced.
Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu approved the easing of norms after extensive discussions with all concerned departments, a statement from the UD ministry said. According to the ministry’s decision, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) would facilitate such conversion to freehold against payment in the range of about Rs 2 lakh per 100 sqm plot depending on the number of years since the term leases have expired.
The issue had remained unresolved causing anxiety among leaseholders since an appropriate scheme could not be formulated since 2005.
“The decision will benefit the people of Delhi living for several years on all the 23 Nazul Estates with expired term leases,” the statement said.