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Parliament okays bill to halt demolitions in Delhi

Parliament approved a bill proposing a one-year moratorium on punitive action against unauthorised constructions in the national capital.

india Updated: May 15, 2006 18:53 IST

In a major relief to thousands of Delhiites reeling under the impact of demolitions, Parliament on Monday approved a bill proposing a one-year moratorium on punitive action against unauthorised constructions in the national capital.

The Rajya Sabha passed the Delhi Laws (Special Provision), Bill, 2006 by a voice vote after members, cutting across party lines, demanded immediate stoppage of demolitions and sealing of shops.

The bill, piloted by Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy, provides for status quo as on January one, 2006 of unauthorised development in respect of mixed land use, construction beyond sanctioned plans and encroachments by slum dwellers, hawkers and street vendors in the capital.

Replying to the debate, Reddy said the bill provides an opportunity to set the system right in Delhi and look at it from a new perspective.

The measure came after stepped up demands by affected persons and political parties to halt demolitions and sealing of commercial establishments in the capital.