A day after the Centre gave its seal of approval to massive commercialisation of Delhi by notifying the new Master Plan, the Union Cabinet on Thursday sanctioned regularisation of some 1,500 unauthorised colonies in an apparent populist move ahead of municipal polls in New Delhi.
Plush Sainik Farms, Mahendru Enclave and Anant Ram Dairy, however, have been dropped from the regularisation plan for now, Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy told reporters.
Colonies that are to be regularised will undergo Delhi government verification for the process.
"We also have to go before the High Court for ultimate implementation of regularisation," Reddy said, insisting the move would benefit more than 300,000 people.
The plan covers colonies that have been in existence since March 31, 2002.
Reddy said the regularisation would entail payment of cost of land with some penalty for colonies built on government land.
Rebate is offered to unauthorised colonies equivalent to or part of lower and middle income E, F and G category zones.
Colonies that have come up on private land will not be required to pay cost of land because homeowners there have already made payments to original land owners, Reddy said.
But all colonies will be required to pay development charges to be fixed by the Delhi government, the minister added.
"Proposals for regularisation of affluent colonies will be taken up by the Cabinet later," he said.