Property owners who had bought houses in unauthorised colonies that had received provisional certificate by the government might be in for a rude shock. Delhi government had given provisional certificates to 1639 colonies in 2008 with a promise that they would be regularised completely but nothing has been done so far.
One of the criteria was fixing the boundary of such colonies by the Delhi government. However, the government was unable to fix the boundaries due to a technical clause. As per the guidelines of the Union government the boundaries have to be marked using the data of March 31, 2002. However, the layout plans that have been submitted to the Delhi government by the Resident Welfare Associations (RWA) are of 2008.
"We had invited the layout plans in 2007 as we had started the process of regularisation then. However, as per the regulation of the Centre the boundaries have to be fixed as per the colony's existence in 2002. In the past six years naturally more houses have been constructed and the shape of the colony has changed. If we have to fulfil the regulation of the central government in its letter and spirit lakhs of buildings will have to be demolished. This is not practical at all. Currently none of the colonies can be regularised," said a senior Delhi government official.
A delegation led by urban development minister AK Walia met union minister of Urban Development Kamal Nath on this issue.
"We told the minister that we can't meet the criteria of fixing the boundaries as per 2002. We have asked him to allow us to fix boundaries taking the data of 2007 at least," Walia told Hindustan Times.
Over 30 lakh people reside in 1639 unauthorised colonies situated across the length and breadth of the Capital.