New Delhi: After years of delay, the Delhi government is likely to start regularisation of hundreds of unauthorised colonies in a day or two which are home to around 40 lakh people. Sources said the government has completed all relevant paperwork to regularise at least a few hundred colonies.
The government in June finalised boundaries of over 1,018 unauthorised colonies paving the way for their regularisation, a key poll promise of the Congress government which is due to face assembly elections in 15 months.
Delhi government had issued provisional regularisation certificates to over 1,200 unauthorised colonies in the run-up to the assembly polls in 2008.
The Sheila Dikshit government, while distributing the certificates, had promised to regularise the colonies if the Congress came to power for the third term. However, not a single colony has been regularised so far.
The process slowed down considerably last year following allegations that some “non-existent” as well as “ineligible”colonies were given provisional regularisation certificates, flouting norms.
After the Congress’s defeat in the municipal polls in April, Dikshit had asked all departments concerned to expedite regularisation process. Lack of developmental work in illegal colonies, which were traditional Congress strongholds, was identified as a major reason for the defeat in the municipal polls. The government had tasked the Survey of India with finalising the boundaries.
Urban Development Minister A K Walia said once the settlements are regularised, the residents will be able to legally sell and buy their property. At present sale and purchase of property are not allowed in these colonies.