The fate of most of the 1,639 unauthorised colonies across Delhi—with a population of 40 lakh—remains uncertain.
On Monday, BJP and Congress traded charges over various aspects of the procedure to be followed for regularisation in the MCD house. The leaders of both the parties came up with contradictory views on the procedure.
Claiming that the Delhi government had issued provisional certificates to 1,639 such colonies way back in 2008 but did nothing till date to formally regularise them, BJP leaders resorted to sloganeering just as the MCD house meeting started at 2pm.
Addressing media persons after the meeting was adjourned, BJP leader Vijender Gupta said, “On one hand, Delhi government issued provisional certificates to these colonies but on the other, it has come up with a special
task force and is lodging criminal cases against those who build houses in these colonies. We would go to any extent to fight for the cause of these people—will lodge protests, and if need be, even resign en masse.”
Gupta, however, later backtracked and said, “I did not mean to say ‘resign’ in the literal sense of the word. But we will fight tooth and nail.”
Delhi government had, in the first batch, sent a list of 733 colonies followed by 200 others to MCD for it to complete the formalities. However, Gupta claimed, “These could not be done as the government had not demarcated the boundary of the colonies. We waited for them to mark the layouts.”
Minutes later, Jaikishen Sharma, leader of opposition in MCD, claimed the exact opposite. “Just as building plans are to be sanctioned by MCD, so are boundaries for these colonies. What have they been doing since then? Of the list of 933 colonies the government sent, the MCD has been able to clear only 20-odd proposals.”