Manish Sisodia, Deputy CM Delhi
NEW DELHI: The AAP government announced that it had initiated steps to address the issue of regularization of unauthorized colonies. It said as soon as the boundary of such a colony was demarcated and the municipal corporation was told to finalize the layout plan, the government would start registering those properties.
Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said the boundary fixation exercise of unauthorized colonies had been taken up on a war footing. "The government has reviewed the work on fixing boundaries for unauthorized colonies and the chief minister has asked for daily report on the matter. It has been decided that as soon as the boundary of a particular colony is fixed, it will be handed over to the municipal corporation for finalizing the layout plan and simultaneously, the process of registry will start. For properties in authorized areas that have been booked by the corporation, registry will open on April 1," said Sisodia.
With this move, AAP will be putting the onus of regularization of colonies on the BJP-led corporations. By fixing the boundary and opening registry, the government will do whatever is in its power to regularize these colonies but the status will change only when the corporation and DDA finalize the layout plans and change land use wherever needed.
Sisodia said for registering a property, it was not necessary for the corporation to have finalized the layout plan. "Sale and purchase of property in unauthorized colonies are taking place in any case but these transactions are not legal. We expect the first set of registries to start within the next three to four months," an official said.
For a property owner, this means that while a property can be legally registered in his/her name, the colony in which the property is located will have to wait for community facilities till the land use has been changed. Once registry opens, a rise in property prices is also expected to follow.
In the run-up to the Delhi elections, the Centre had eased norms to make all unauthorized colonies that came up till June 2014 eligible for regularization. Till then, the government had identified a list of 1,639 unauthorized colonies but with the cut-off date changed, this list is expected to rise. The government is also in the process of identifying all such colonies which may take up to a year.
"The government will also start the registration of the properties, which are booked across the 12 zones for violation of building bylaws," said an official.
Regularization of unauthorized colonies is one of the promises AAP had made ahead of the Delhi polls.