Residents of unauthorised regularised colonies in the Capital whose building plans have not been sanctioned by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi so far can now heave a sign of relief.

The MCD Standing Committee on Wednesday gave its nod to a proposal for approval of building plans in such colonies. However, the scheme is not applicable for unauthorised colonies which got provisional certificates for regularisation last year as their layout plans are still being made.

According to the new proposal, building plans in unauthorised regularised colonies should be sanctioned for all the plots including vacant plots forming part of the approved regularisation plan. They will not include space earmarked for roads and other community facilities.

MCD Standing Committee chairman Ram Kishan Singhal said: “There are a number of unauthorised regularised colonies in Delhi like Shakur Basti, Rani Bagh and Tri Nagar where building plans were not being sanctioned. Under the new policy, this can be done. It will be helpful for residents who want to demolish their old buildings and get new ones constructed.”

Mr. Singhal also said the list of colonies where the policy will be applicable will be published and put on the Internet so that people can apply accordingly.

“The new policy will help check corruption,” he added.

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