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Govt introduces bill in LS to provide relief to slums, illegal constructions for 3 more years

The existing law that gave legal protection to such illegal constructions and unauthorized colonies and farmhouses lapses on December 31, 2017.

delhi Updated: Dec 22, 2017 22:01 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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Regularisation of unauthorised colonies is one of the oldest poll promises in Delhi. (HT file photo)

The government on Friday introduced a bill in the Lok Sabha to extend for three years provisions of a law that protects slums and unauthorized construction in Delhi from punitive action.

The existing law that gave legal protection to such illegal constructions and unauthorized colonies and farmhouses lapses on December 31, 2017.

The National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second (Amendment) Bill, 2017, aims to extend the validity of current laws till December 31, 2020. The bill was introduced on a day the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee sealed unauthorized shops in the posh Defence Colony market of the national capital.

The new bill seeks to give time to the government, urban local bodies and other organisations involved to take a balanced and well-considered view on policies, norms and strategies for orderly implementation of plans regarding these unauthorised developments.

Under the Act, orderly arrangements had to be made for relocation and rehabilitation of “slum dwellers and jhuggi- jhompri clusters”, regulation of unauthorised colonies, village abadi area and their extensions, and regularisation of urban street vendors, among other things.

Senior officials of the Union Housing and Urban affairs ministry, which is piloting the bill, said that the extension of the Act beyond December 2017 has been necessitated because adoption of measures to finalise norms, policy guidelines, feasible strategies for making orderly arrangements to deal with the problem of encroachment and unauthorised development have to be taken by agencies, including the Delhi government, DDA and the three municipal corporations.

The bill, once cleared by Parliament, will provide immunity to all such properties that have additional unauthorized constructions, shops/ commercial establishments running from residential areas, high-end designer boutiques and furniture showrooms in Mehrauli Gurgaon Road, Shahpur Jat, Hauz Khas Village and other rural and urbanised villages.

Besides slums, hospitals, schools and religious institutions that have encroached on public land will also be spared from demolition.

As per the statement of object and reasons of the bill , the NCT of Delhi has been growing phenomenally over the last many years putting a heavy strain on its infrastructure and resource. This in turn is leading to an ever-increasing demand for housing, commercial space and civic amenities, it added.

First Published: Dec 22, 2017 22:00 IST