In an electoral largesse before the municipal polls in the city, the Delhi government on Tuesday decided to extend the 'Lal Dora' of 41 villages of Delhi.
This means that the areas around these villages would get the same benefits as that of the main village.
'Lal Dora' came into being during the British regime in 1908. It used to be a red line drawn on the maps delineating the village population from the nearby agricultural land for revenue records.
The practice has continued since then and in the 'Lal Dora' areas the villagers can build houses without building by laws and can set up certain establishments without permission.
"We have sent the file to the Lt Governor for extending 'Lal Dora' in 41 villages," said Development and Revenue Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan.
Interestingly, the increase in 'Lal Dora' might not help the villagers much in the changed circumstances after the Supreme Court orders on sealing.
The court has made it clear that no shopping malls can be constructed in these areas and no indiscriminate commercialisation can take place. Some malls in Lal Dora area were demolished and shops sealed as per the court orders in recent months.
Of the 41 villages, 25 are located in the south-west district, 10 in north-west district and two each in north-east, south and west districts. The decision to extend Lal Dora was taken after a committee, appointed by the Delhi government, studied the ground realities in these villages and gave its recommendation to the government.
The government had extended 'Lal Dora' only once after independence in 1947. In 1983, Lal Dora was extended in six villages of the city.
Government officials said that the process of assessing the situation in every village of the city is on. "The list could be expanded in due course after each case is verified," an official added.