The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi on Tuesday decided to start registration of properties in 1,650 unauthorised colonies in the Capital, spelling relief for the over 50 lakh residents living in such areas.
Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal ordered the authorities to complete the process of fixing boundaries of these colonies using latest scientific methods. Satellite and total solution methods will be used to demarcate and fix boundaries after which the registration process will start.
“The government will seek a report on daily basis from the departments and officials concerned to monitor the boundary fixing work,” said deputy CM Manish Sisodia.
Kejriwal directed the revenue department to fix the boundaries in these colonies soon.
“The government will send the maps to the respective municipal corporations for preparing the layout plans and then to the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for change in land use. The work will be done simultaneously by the authorities so that the registration of properties is not delayed. The agencies for the demarcation of the boundaries have been identified,” Sisodia added.
There are a total of 1,650 unauthorised colonies in Delhi. Colonies that came up till June 1, 2014 will be eligible for regularisation. The cut-off date for buildings is January 1, 2015.
Unauthorised colonies have been a big political issue for all parties before every Delhi election. Before the 2013 assembly elections, the Congress government had claimed that it had regularised the coloniesRecently, before the 2015 elections, the BJP-ruled central government issued a notification to regularise these colonies. Asked how the government can start registering properties in unauthorised colonies without layout plans sanctioned by civic bodies, Sisodia said it doesn’t matter.
“It is the responsibility of municipal corporations to pass the layout plans. Even in the master plan, there is no mention of the requirement of layout plans for the registration of property. These are some political conventions in this regard and we have to break them. The government will register property in all irregular colonies in view of people’s welfare,” he added.