New Delhi: The Modi 2.0 government is all set to regularise 1,797 unauthorised colonies in
as part of its 100-day agenda, acceding to a long-pending demand.
The move comes ahead of the state assembly elections early next year.
The housing and urban affairs ministry has prepared a cabinet note to give land ownership rights to people residing in 1,797 unauthorised colonies, some of which have come up on government land. The colony would be regularised at the payment of a regularisation fee, which would be a certain percentage of circle rate prevalent in the area, sources said.
The government, however, has decided against regularising three affluent colonies, namely, Sainik Farms, Anant Ram Dairy and Mahendru Enclave, they said.
This has been the biggest hurdle in the way of regularisation as successive governments failed to take a call on affluent colonies.
At present, land is sold on general power of attorney (GPA) in these unauthorised colonies. With regularisation, real estate market will open up and property prices will rise.
As per the cabinet note, the colonies would be categorised depending on the land they have come up on — government land, agricultural or gram sabha land. The regularisation fee would vary as per ownership.
Land-owning agencies would hold stakeholder consultations with resident welfare associations and then finalise boundary of the colony and a local area development plan.
Sources said there are three top agendas of the ministry’s 100-day plan. These include regularisation of unauthorised colonies, kickstarting six projects under Global Housing Technology Challenge and model tenancy policy.
“Only regularisation of unauthorised colonies remains as the other two have already started,” said a senior official said. “Now this is next on the agenda. The cabinet note has been prepared and it will be done by August end.”
The issue of regularisation of unauthorised colony has been a political hot potato with successive governments dithering over taking a final call. The Modi government had made its intention of regularisation known before the Lok Sabha elections when the ministry formed a committee headed by Delhi lieutenant governor Anil Baijal.
The committee submitted its report to housing and urban affairs minister Hardeep Puri in June, which has formed the basis of the cabinet note.
Puri and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal have been involved in a public row over regularisation.
As Puri announced the committee, Kejriwal started development works in the unauthorised colonies — each blaming the other side for stalling the process. Regularisation could go a long way in upping the political fortunes of BJP, which could win only three seats in the 70-member assembly in the 2015 elections.
With this move, the party hopes to make inroads into what was considered traditional Congress vote bank but was won over by Kejriwal’s AAP in 2015.