Paving the way to make available basic amenities in unauthorised colonies, the Delhi Cabinet on Monday approved development charges for the regularisation of unauthorised colonies on Monday.
Stamping its approval on the recommendations made by a group of ministers — which was constituted by the Cabinet on January 17 — the cabinet allowed the government to collect Rs200 per square metre to provide basic amenities such as roads, drains, streetlights in 1,639 unauthorised colonies.
Delhi urban development minister Ashok Kumar Walia said the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) has already been told to expedite finalisation of the layout plans, on the basis of the demarcation by the Survey of India.
"Of the 1,020 colonies that we have cleared, the MCD has prepared the layout plans for 80-odd colonies," Walia said.
The urban development department had earlier come up with development charges, that the ministers felt were too high. The Cabinet had, therefore, decided to form a four-member committee under Walia to propose more affordable rates.
According to the new proposal, a person owning a 100-square-metre plot in an unauthorised colony will have to pay Rs20,000 as development charges.
The cost of getting water connection, electricity connection and sewer line would be extra, Walia said.
"Anyone buying a plot in any of the 567 unauthorised colonies which were regularised earlier will also have to pay the same amount," Walia said.
Senior Delhi government officials said residents' welfare associations would be allowed to collect the charges.