Battered by the defeat in municipal polls,the ruling Congress government on Thursday approved proposals to fast track development works in unauthorised colonies.
It dusted off a report prepared last year by a Group of Ministers recommending a slew of development measures and put it up for the Cabinets approval on Thursday.
The report that was eventually approved cleared the decks for providing civic facilities like water supply,sewerage network,streetlighting and drains in 1,018 unauthorised colonies.
These colonies have all the clearances required to begin these works. Work in other colonies can begin soon after clearances are procured, a government official said.
These suggestions and many more that could expedite the regularisation process were made by a Group of Ministers comprising PWD Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan,Transport Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely and Labour minister Ramakant Goswami.
Ahead of the state elections in 2008,Dikshits government offered assurance of amnesty to 1,239 illegal colonies that are home to nearly a fourth of the Capitals electorate.
But so far,not one of these colonies has been provided amnesty that was to come in the form of a permanent regularisation certificate. Party leaders had said this failure may have triggered the Congress debacle in last months municipal polls.
The party lost in several assembly constituencies dominated by unauthorised colonies,including its bastions like Sultanpur Majra,Tuglakhabad,Ambedkar Nagar,Matiala and Palam.
The partys vote share plunged in wards under Assembly segments like Nangloi Jat,Mongolpuri,Timarpur and Bawana that have several unauthorised colonies.
Following the defeat the Congress government has held a series of meetings to figure out how to expedite the regularisation process that is stuck in several technical and legal constraints.
On Thursday,the Cabinet addressed one key constraint by approving that all unauthorised colonies that came up before 2007 will be regularised,and not just those that were built by 2002 as allowed by a previous central government notification.
The aerial map of 2007 will form the basis for fixation of boundaries. This will ensure that large areas left out by the 2002 aerial survey will be covered,thus minimising hardship to the people of unauthorised colonies, a government official said.