The fate of lakhs of people residing in unauthorised colonies is hanging in the balance while the Delhi government is mulling over when to start the process of regularising the colonies.
The issue of regularising unauthorised colonies was once again raised on Friday in a cabinet meeting, with ministers saying the High Court should be informed about the regularisation process.
“A number of ministers were of the view that the High Court should be informed about the process, and then the government should regularise the colonies. The entire issue has become complex once again,” added the source.
According to sources, the Delhi government has already sought the opinion of the Union urban development ministry as to whether the Delhi High Court should be informed about the regularisation process as in an order in 1993, it had asked the city authorities to do so.
Delhi government has already completed the necessary groundwork to regularise around 900 unauthorised colonies, which are home to around 40 lakh people and constitute a major vote bank.
The government has also started preparing for the assembly elections, to be held next year. Chief minister Sheila Dikshit has decided to give the responsibility of overseeing developmental works to her cabinet colleagues in each of the seven parliamentary constituencies.
According to sources, a cabinet meeting was held on Friday to discuss the issue and Dikshit asked chief secretary PK Tripathi to formulate a proposal under which one parliamentary constituency would be given to one cabinet minister.