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Original settlers will be able to get house title for Rs 10,000

UD has proposed that original residents of 45 resettlement colonies be given ownership rights to their tenements.

Written by MAYURA JANWALKAR | New Delhi |
March 3, 2015 3:01:05 am

The Delhi government has set the wheels in motion towards meeting the party’s poll promise to residents of resettlement colonies across Delhi. The Delhi urban development (UD) department has proposed that original residents of 45 resettlement colonies be given ownership rights to their tenements at Rs 10,000.

According to government sources, the UD department has submitted a file to the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB), capping the token ownership premium to be paid by original inhabitants of resettlement colonies at Rs 10,000 and that to be paid by others at Rs 50,000.

The move is expected to affect the residents of 2,50,000 plots of 25-to-80 sq yards that were allotted on lease or license basis to those evicted following the emergency, Sikh riots and those dislocated during demolitions or evicted from various jhuggi-jhopri clusters, 1950 onwards. “The proposal sent by the UD department will, however, have to be approved by the DUSIB and Centre,” a government official told Newsline.

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“In the existing policy, the residents of resettlement colonies have to pay the premium according to circle rates. But the UD department has submitted a file to the DUSIB for its approval of the payment of a fixed amount of Rs 10,000 by original residents and Rs 50,000 by others. The department has also suggested steps for simplifying the applications for acquiring ownership rights by the residents of these resettlement colonies,” a senior government official said.

According to the UD department’s order issued on June 20, 2013 when Sheila Dikshit was chief minister, the terms and conditions for making the licensed properties in resettlement colonies into freehold, included the payment of a premium by the occupier.

The order stated, “The conversion to freehold will be done on remittance of premium by the occupier at the rate of 5 per cent, 30 per cent and 100 per cent of the existing circle rate according as (sic) the plot has been received by way of original allotment/ legal heirs or by purchase up to March 31, 2007 or by purchase from April 1, 2007.”

The AAP’s 70-point action plan stated that the party “proposes a simple solution of conferring freehold rights to resettlement colonies. Original allottees will receive ownership of their plots for just Rs 10,000. Those who are not original allottees will get the ownership rights of their plots for less than Rs 50,000 depending on their plot size. The cumbersome multi-page form will be simplified and condensed into a single page form.”

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