Urban development minister, Satyendra Jain, on February 23, 2017, said that the Delhi government wants to regularise 1,639 unauthorised colonies on an ‘as is where is’ basis and urged the centre to amend its 2008 notification, to enable it to do so. “All political parties are on the same page that the 1,639 colonies need to be regularised. However, the centre wants more details on our proposal to legalise these colonies, leading to the delay,” Jain said.
The development came a day after the Delhi High Court told the Centre to take an ‘in-principle decision’ on the government’s proposal to regularise unauthorised colonies. The court has given the central government four weeks’ time, to take a decision on the matter.
Jain said that in 2008, the decision had been taken together by the centre and the state government. The AAP government wants the centre to give an in-principle agreement and thereafter, the city administration will distribute the certificates within 24 hours, he added. Regularisation of unauthorised colonies is a long-pending issue. The then UPA government had distributed provisional certificates to over 1,200 colonies ahead of the 2008 Delhi assembly elections. The conditions laid in the 2008 notification – in terms of the colony boundaries, covered and open areas, cost of land in colonies that had come up on government land and development charges, emerged as bottlenecks in the regularisation process.
Ahead of the 2013 assembly elections, the Sheila Dikshit government had asked the centre to amend the policy and grant permission to regularise the colonies. However, the UPA government had rejected the move.