In his 60s now, Laxman Singh has been a resident of Gautam Nagar’s Hill Block for the past 25 years. The colony’s regularisation has brought great cheer to him, he says, for he can finally call himself the owner of his three-storey house.
Until now, his property had not been registered and despite being the owner of the house, he could not enjoy the privileges that came with it.
From getting an electricity connection to a bank loan, every task was daunting. “I could not ask for a loan or sell my property. My status was like that of an encroacher despite the fact that I purchased the plot with my hard-earned money. These past years have been very difficult,” said Singh, who runs an internet cafeteria.
Talking about his future, Singh says he can now plan to sell his property. “I have not decided what to do yet but I will make some plans for my house. I may sell off a portion,” he says. His sons and wife live with him in the house.