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Bill to stop sealings in Delhi passed in LS

The measure comes after stepped up demands from affected persons and different political parties to halt demolitions.

india Updated: May 12, 2006 15:45 IST

Bringing relief to thousands of residents of Delhi living under the spectre of demolitions, the Lok Sabha on Friday passed a Bill which proposes a one-year moratorium from punitive action against unauthorised development in the Capital.

The Bill, which was piloted by Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy, provides for status quo as on January 1 ,2006 of unauthorised development in respect of mixed land use, construction beyond sanctioned plans and encroachment by slum dwellers, JJ dwellers, hawkers and street vendors in the Capital.

The measure comes after stepped up demands from affected persons and different political parties to halt the demolitions and sealing of commercial establishments in the capital in the backdrop of demolition drives launched by the civic authorities following court orders.

Reddy said the Delhi Laws (Special provisions) Bill, 2006 was to prevent "unnecessary hardships and harassment" to the citizens of Delhi.

Replying to the brief discussion, he announced construction of one lakh apartments for slum dwellers in the next two years through in-situ development.

He said that through in-situ development, the slum dwellers would be settled where they are residing at present.

He said that for construction of these apartments, the Ministry would generate its own funds and would not look up to the Finance Ministry.

First Published: May 12, 2006 14:05 IST