Lok Sabha passes law to protect unauthorised colonies, slums in Delhi


The Lok Sabha has passed a bill to protect slums and unauthorised colonies in the national capital region from punitive action, till a framework for orderly arrangements are in place

The Lok Sabha, on December 27, 2017, passed The National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second (Amendment) Bill, which gives immunity to slums and some unauthorised constructions till December 31, 2020. The immunity under the existing Bill ends on December 31, 2017.

Urban development minister Hardeep Singh Puri, said if the Bill is not passed, it will lead to ‘unprecedented chaos’ in the national capital. The legislation will give cover against punitive action on an ‘as is where is basis’, until December 2020, he said.

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Puri said the legislation provides that no action will be taken by any local authority till December 31, 2017, with respect to encroachments or unauthorised developments as of January 1, 2006, unauthorised colonies, village abadi areas that existed on March 31, 2002 and where constructions took place till February 8, 2007. The sealing exercise by the Supreme Court-appointed monitoring committee, had created panic among the slum-dwellers and traders in the city and the new legislation is expected to allay their apprehensions to a large extent.

Participating in the debate on the bill, BJP MP Parvesh Varma attacked the AAP government in Delhi, accusing it of not coming out with a policy on unauthorised colonies or slums. Ramesh Bidhuri, BJP MP from south Delhi, referred to the hike in water tariffs and alleged that the Arvind Kejriwal government had deceived the people. He also blamed the Congress for its failure to come up with a policy on the unauthorised construction issue.

 

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