The Parliament on Thursday passed a crucial bill without discussion, which will allow a major relief to several Delhiites at least up to December 2010 from sealing and demolition of unauthorised shops and houses.
The Rajya Sabha passed the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second Bill, 2009 at the fag end of the day with thin attendance in the House.
It was passed in the Lok Sabha yesterday amidst din over the issues of price rise and Telangana.
The bill seeks to extend till December 31, 2010, the special provisions made in view of sealing of commercial premises in unauthorised colonies in the National Capital Territory of Delhi.
The previous bill was enacted in March 2009 and provided protection to encroachment or unauthorised development in various categories till December 2009.
Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy read out the provisions of the Bill and the Opposition agreed for its passage without debate.
The government justified the extension of time given for unauthorized colonies stating "more time is needed for implementation of the programmes" like regularisation of the colonies.