Legal hurdles stop sale of property in newly legal colonies

Almost five months since the Delhi government regularised 895 unauthorised colonies and later announced that it will allow the sale of properties and their registration in such areas, it has yet to clear the legal hurdles.

The government had earlier decided to allow the registration of properties in 312 of 895 colonies, which had come up on private or the agricultural land and even made the announcement in haste.

However, the urban development department, the nodal agency that is looking after the regularisation process, failed to factor in various laws that do not allow the subdivision of agricultural land and its registration as smaller plots.

“The Delhi land reform act does not allow the division of agricultural land into smaller plots and its sale and registration.

"The land use of the agricultural land on which these 312 colonies have come up will first have to be changed in to residential and a gazette notification will have to be issued.

"Though we are completing the rest of the formalities, we hope to find a legal solution to this problem in next couple of weeks and allow the registration of properties in 312 unauthorised colonies,” a senior official of the department of urban development said.

Delhi urban development minister Arvinder Singh said the department had got the necessary approvals from the departments concerned and the lieutenant governor had also cleared the registration of properties.

“We have got the necessary approvals. We will not only allow the registration of properties in 312 colonies but also those properties which are on private land but are part of colonies that came up on government land.

"The revenue department has completed the survey that identifies and clearly marks the area of the plot as private or government land,” Singh said.

Though the government has already started development works in these colonies, the property owners have yet to feel the real benefit of the government’s move to regularise these colonies — that is, the registration of sale deed of properties.

Senior Delhi government officials said that though the properties might still be exchanging hands through the general power of attorney, the owner would not get the actual title of ownership unless the registration of houses is allowed.


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