Urban Development Minister A. K. Walia informed the Delhi Assembly on Thursday that Rs.2,700 crore has already been spent on various developmental works in the Capital’s unauthorised colonies.

Speaking during a discussion, the Minister said 1,218 unauthorised colonies were issued provisional certificates in October 2008 but added that the verification process was taking a long time because of complexities and the quantum of work. He said the Municipal Corporation of Delhi has certified the built-up percentage in respect of 1,400 unauthorised colonies and had also organised camps for scrutiny of layout plans.

As for the Delhi Development Authority, he said, it has certified that 575 colonies or part of colonies were posing hindrance in the provision of infrastructure facilities. And the Archaeological Survey of India has also informed that 62 unauthorised colonies or their parts violate the provisions of Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958. Besides, Dr. Walia said the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University has completed demarcation of boundaries in respect of 1,307 unauthorised colonies and the Urban Development Department has forwarded the demarcated boundaries of 874 colonies to the MCD.

The Forest Department has confirmed that 1,401 colonies were not violating forest land while the Revenue Department has marked the land status of 1,590 colonies.

During the day, Dr. Walia also introduced the Delhi Excise Bill, 2009, in the Assembly.

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