Show of strength over issue as Sheila, Maken and Agarwal share a common platform
NEW DELHI: In a show of strength over the issue of regularisation of unauthorised colonies in the Capital, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Union Minister of State for Urban Development Ajay Maken and Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee president J. P. Agarwal shared a common platform on Friday to announce that regularisation of unauthorised colonies is being hastened to benefit nearly 40 lakh people living there.
Addressing a joint press conference at Delhi Secretariat, Ms. Dikshit said her government had decided to soon initiate the process of issuing provisional regularisation certificates to 1,639 unauthorised colonies that came up before March 31, 2002.
These also include 149 unauthorised colonies which came up as extension to village abadi and have not been notified as Lal Dora extension and 84 left-out portions of already regularised unauthorised colonies.
The Chief Minister said the State Government would also complete all ongoing development works in these colonies on a war footing to enable it to issue formal final regularisation certificates to these colonies at the earliest.
Ms. Dikshit also announced that of Rs.2,800 crore earmarked for execution of development works in unauthorised colonies during the 11th Five Year Plan, the Delhi Government had already spent Rs.1,011 crore while Rs.1,203 crore would be utilised very soon.
She said while Rs.743 crore had been allocated in 2008-09 and Rs.351.25 crore had been released out of it, an additional Rs.200 crore had been allocated for the year 2008-09 taking the total allocation to Rs.943 crore. Earlier, she said, Rs.660 crore was spent on unauthorised colonies last year.
As for the development works, she said, construction of roads and drains was being carried out in 524 unauthorised colonies. Of these, 316 colonies were being handled by the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation, 72 by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and 136 by the Irrigation and Flood Control Department.
She also informed that Delhi Jal Board had laid water pipelines in 407 unauthorised colonies and 417 more such colonies would be covered soon.
Also, 1,093 unauthorised colonies have been electrified and such work is in progress in another 47 colonies work. For another 76 unauthorised colonies, electrification schemes are under formulation.
Ms. Dikshit and Mr. Maken said as per the Gazette notification dated June 16, 2008, it had became necessary for the residents of unauthorised colonies to complete formalities including submission of lay-out plan to get them entitled for issue of a provisional certificate.
The notification further makes the Delhi Government bound to immediately complete development works including construction of roads, drains, laying of water pipelines and electrification of colonies in the stipulated time-frame.
They said only those colonies would be entitled for issue of a provisional certificate who have completed their formalities. Even they are also now being offered a chance to complete these formalities.
The Delhi Government has further decided that plots which have been built up in the unauthorised colonies after March 31, 2002, and till the date of formal announcement of regularisation scheme will be taken into consideration for deciding the eligibility (50 per cent built-up area) of the colony for regularisation.