The Delhi unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday said it would launch a state-wide agitation if all illegal colonies in the city were not regularised as they are and without payment of any development or regularisation charges.
Vijender Gupta, state BJP president, and Vijay Kumar Malhotra, leader of the opposition in the state assembly, said they would demand from the Centre that all the 1,639 unauthorised colonies be regularised as they are so to benefit 50 lakh “people living in hellish conditions” in these settlements.
“The Delhi government has ordered regularisation of 895 colonies. But only 312 of them on private land would benefit. The rest 583 on government land are still stuck as residents there need to cough up massive charges,” Gupta said.
“Besides, our demand is for regularisation of all the 1,639 settlements — 1,218 were even given provisional regularisation certificates by the Congress ahead of the assembly elections in 2008,” the Delhi BJP president added.
“The Congress said in the House that it would not charge anything. But it has now backtracked,” said Malhotra.
“On an average, each plot owner has to pay up Rs. 8 to Rs. 10 lakh by way of development/regularisation charges. People have already spent a lot in a lot in buying land from farmers before the government acquired it. Low-income group people cannot pay this much,” Malhotra said.
The BJP said even in the case of the 312 colonies, there were several hurdles.
“As many as 50,000 shops are awaiting land use change. More than 10 lakh plots are vacant. The government has not acquired land for schools, dispensaries, post offices, parks, community centres, sports complexes, etc. The government has not forwarded the layout plan of any colony for corporations’ approval," Gupta said.