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Draw up plan to regularise unauthorised colonies within a month: L-G to officials

Saxena gave the directions to officials in a meeting held last week in the wake of the recent Parliamentary approval to GNCTD Laws (Special Provisions) Act, 2023.

delhi lg vk saxenaSaxena asked officials to complete the regularisation work a year before the Parliament's set deadline of 2026. (X/@LtGovDelhi)

Delhi Lieutenant Governor (L-G) VK Saxena has asked officials to draw up the entire plan for regularising unauthorised colonies in the capital within a month. Besides, he has asked them to complete the regularisation work a year before the Parliament’s set deadline of 2026.

Saxena gave the directions to officials in a meeting held last week in the wake of the recent Parliamentary approval to GNCTD Laws (Special Provisions) Act, 2023.

The L-G highlighted that prolonged challenges due to ambiguity in the boundaries of unauthorised colonies, repeated extension of cut- off dates, and uncertainty in slum clusters had prompted the formulation of PM-UDAY and PMAY Schemes in 2019. Noting that the onset of Covid pandemic had hindered operations, Saxena expressed surprise at the delay in implementation of the schemes, especially since the enactment of various versions of the Act has been in operation since December 2006.

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The remarks were made during a high-level meeting chaired by the L-G on Saturday which saw key officials from the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), Public Works Department (PWD), and Delhi Department of Urban Development in attendance.

With the regularisation and rehabilitation issues incorporated into the Master Plan for Delhi (MPD-2041), Saxena urged officials to provide specific timelines for complete implementation of PM-UDAY, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), and the Land Pooling Policy of the DDA.

Festive offer

Saxena directed officials to develop a concrete, time-bound plan for the registration, verification, and regularisation of unauthorised colonies, emphasising the need for a simplified and hassle-free process. He sternly warned against any negligence or corruption in this matter.

Addressing the issue of rehabilitation of slum dwellers, the L-G instructed the DDA to promptly identify alternative sites within a 5-kilometre radius for cases where in situ rehabilitation was not legally feasible.

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Earlier this month, during a debate in the Lok Sabha over extending protection to unauthorised colonies against sealing and demolitions for another three years, Union Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri had noted that only 4 lakh registrations for regularisation have taken place in Delhi. According to estimates, a total of 8 to 10 lakh registrations were needed to complete regularisation.

First published on: 25-12-2023 at 22:47 IST
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