The ball has finally been set rolling to legitimise the estimated 1500-odd unauthorised colonies in the Capital. The Union Urban Development Ministry has notified the regulations for legalising the colonies where roughly 40 lakh people live. Minister of State Ajay Maken formally announced the notification of the regulations on Friday.
Though the Union Cabinet had in principle decided to regularise unauthorised colonies in February last year, the regulations and guidelines for giving them the legal tag took a long time to finalise due to differences between the Delhi Government and other government agencies.
"The outer limit for the entire regularisation process has been set at six months from the date of receipt of applications of resident associations of these colonies," said Maken. The regulations have been communicated to the state government and stipulate that the state will have to take up the entire regularisation process and related development work with immediate effect.
In an election year, the Congress government in Delhi headed by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit will have to work overtime to complete the regularisation process and take up improvement works to win the confidence of the huge chunk of voters living in these colonies. Giving these colonies regular sewer, water and electric connections before elections will a difficult task.
Maken said the regulations had been simplified by excluding impractical restrictive clauses so that residents were not harassed. He hoped that the Delhi Government would speedily take decisions regarding fixing of boundaries of each colony, fixing development charges and processing fee, and deciding on the colonies eligible for regularization before taking up the development works.