At least 30 lakh Delhiites residing in unauthorised colonies can finally breathe easy. Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Tuesday regularised 917 colonies spread across the Capital.
A notification regarding the same will be issued on Wednesday.
"Our stand has been clear since the beginning; we will not allow demolition of a single colony. People have put in hard-earned money to construct their homes," said Dikshit.The colonies, which have been ignored for many years, will finally come on the civic map and residents will face no difficulty in getting water and power connections.
"We will swiftly provide all civic amenities," said Dikshit.
This will also open up the real estate market as property rates in these colonies are expected to soar.
The colonies given the legal tag include Chattarpur, Gautam Nagar, Uttam Nagar, parts of Okhla Khanpur, Sangam Vihar, Jasola, Mehrauli, Mahavir Enclave in Dwarka.
The last time unauthorised colonies were legalised by the government was in 1977, when 567 colonies - mostly in east Delhi - got regularised.
Incidentally, the Delhi government's move comes barely a year before the assembly elections, and these colonies constitute a major vote-bank.