Delhi Lt. Governor Tejendra Khanna has given the green signal to approve 895 unauthorised colonies, albeit with certain riders.
A notification has been issued with the Lt. Governor asking the Delhi government to ensure that the criteria of 50 per cent built-up area and the colony not being on forest land or near protected monuments is met strictly.
On Thursday, urban development minister Arvinder Singh will table the notification in the Delhi Assembly.
But the nod has come with a drop in the number of colonies that will be regularised — from 917 to 895.Following the Lt. Governor's direction, the state government has asked all the three municipal corporations to take the help of professional architects to make layout plans.
"The Lt. Governor has specifically asked us to ensure that the layout plans are prepared by professional architects so that there is no delay and they reflect the urban reality. The urban development department has written to all the three corporations to ensure that they follow the directions," said a senior Delhi government official.
With the notification, all colonies on private land will now be able to get their properties regularised.
"Those who want to carry out fresh construction can get their building plans sanctioned once the layout plans are ready," added the official.
However, the revenue department is yet to take a final call on the process of sale and purchase of such properties.
"Properties that are on private land and can establish their ownership rights can sell and purchase their properties. However, a final decision has to be taken by the government. There is a lot of political pressure to start it," said a senior Delhi government official.
However, officials also point out that as most buildings in these colonies are builder flats with multiple-ownership, they cannot individually apply for regularisation.
The government will have to clear a multi-ownership policy.