Even as the Union Ministry of Urban Development has promised to come out with a policy to regularise the unauthorised colonies by February 7, the process of verification of all these colonies is yet to be completed.
After inviting application from the Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs), the Delhi government had forwarded the list of 1532 unauthorised colonies to five different agencies for verification and its land status.
These agencies are the DDA, MCD, respective Deputy Commissioners, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the DJB.
The ASI is yet to submit the report on around 110 colonies. The department was asked whether these colonies fell within 200 metres of a protected monument. While the ASI cleared the remaining colonies, the status report of 110 colonies is still awaited.
Similarly, the MCD is yet to submit the report on around 120 colonies. Around 60 of these colonies fall in the 'blackout' category. This means that these colonies have been blacked out in the aerial survey report, available with the Delhi government.
The sensitive areas of the city like the airports and defence installations are blacked out in the maps of the aerial survey provided to the government agencies.
In addition, another 60 colonies have overlapping jurisdiction according to the layout plan submitted with the Delhi government. The MCD officials have now promised the Delhi government that they will physically verify the blackout colonies along with those with overlapping jurisdiction to complete the process.
In the meeting held by Urban Development Minister AK Walia with the agencies concerned, the ASI too promised that the verification would be complete in the next 15 days.
The verification of all these colonies is necessary to find out whether the land on which they are located is government land or private. Moreover, the Urban Development Ministry wants a detailed status report on these colonies. Some of these colonies are partially on government land and partially on private land.
Walia said, "The verification process would be complete soon. If the colonies are regularised, one of the major problems of 30 lakh people living there would be solved once and for all."
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