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Relief in the offing for property buyers in illegal colonies?

There may be some good news, soon, for lakhs of people residing in unauthorised colonies in the Capital. The government may soon allow sale and purchase of properties in these colonies.

delhi Updated: Nov 02, 2011 23:51 IST
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There may be some good news, soon, for lakhs of people residing in unauthorised colonies in the Capital. The government may soon allow sale and purchase of properties in these colonies.

The issue was taken up in a meeting of the Delhi-government appointed Group of Ministers (GoM) held on Wednesday. The GoM has decided to table the proposal in the Cabinet meeting to be held next week.

"We have recommended that sale and purchase should be allowed in all unauthorised colonies constructed on private land. There are scores sof people living in these colonies, mostly from the lower strata of society. The Cabinet will take a final decision in this regard. We will be sending a complete report to the Chief Minister in this respect," said Raj Kumar Chauhan, urban development minister.

However, this will not be applicable to colonies constructed on government land, forest land or those within the prohibited and regulated areas (0-300 meters) of a centrally-protected monument.

There are 1,639 unauthorised colonies in the city, which were given provisional certificates ahead of the assembly elections in 2008. Out of these, the Delhi government has sent a list of 567 colonies to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) for finalisation of layout plans.

The GoM has also recommended that for the remaining unauthorised colonies, a notification in that respect should be issued first and formalities

such as creation of layout plans and fixing of boundary carried out later.

"A notification should be issued first and all the formalities should be completed later. The Supreme Court had asked us to provide basic infrastructure in these colonies and the Delhi government has been working in that direction," added Chauhan.

The GoM has also recommended that new construction can be carried out in these colonies if the owners are able to get a certificate from a registered architect or a structural engineer stating that the construction is structurally safe.