The Delhi government hopes to start issuing regularisation certificates to unauthorised colonies from mid-August. To begin with, 1,018 colonies, which have got clearances from all agencies concerned, will be given certificates.
Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit had called a high level meeting to discuss the issue of unauthorised colonies.
“We have decided to start the regularisation process of 1,018 colonies from August. We have already got approval from all agencies as far as these colonies are concerned. We have been asking all departments to hold regular meetings to ensure that we are able to meet the deadline,” said AK Walia, urban development minister.
Out of the total 1,639 illegal colonies, 1,218 were given provisional certificates in 2008. Out of these, 1,018 colonies got no-objection certificates from all agencies.
According to the Urban Development Department, developmental work has already started in these colonies. In addition, the Survey of India, which has been entrusted with the job of fixing the boundaries, has also completed work on 930 colonies.
Senior officials of the department said that instead of first waiting for civic agencies to finalise the layout plan and DDA to change the land-use, colonies will be regularised simultaneously while this work is done.
“Now that the DDA has amended the rules for regularising unauthorised colonies, we will complete the work of fixing boundary lines. Once that is done, we will forward the layout plans to the local body. At the same time we will issue orders to regularise the colonies,” Walia said.
Sale and purchase of properties in these colonies will be allowed after they are given regularisation certificates. The colonies will also be liable to pay property tax.
Those who have built properties on public land and want to get them regularised, will have to pay the cost of the land too.
According to Delhi government officials, colonies on public land will have to pay R575 per square metre, and a penalty of 10-15% for colonies that are near approved colonies.
Development charges at the rate of R200 per square metre will also have to be submitted by all colonies whether on private or public land.