TAMIL NADU

Unanimity on cut-off date

NEW DELHI, FEB. 15. The cut-off date for regularisation of unauthorised colonies in Delhi is likely to be extended to 1998 from 1993, as both the Congress(I) and the BJP are now unanimous on this.

Supporting the Delhi Government's demand in this regard, the Leader of the Opposition in Delhi Assembly, Jagdish Mukhi, said at a media briefing here today: ``We also demand that the Union Government extend the cut-off date from 1993 to 1998. Our party will soon make a representation to the Union Urban Development Ministry.''

The Union Urban Development Minister, Ananth Kumar, has set up a committee to look into the issue of fixing a fresh cut-off date for unauthorised colonies, which will suggest measures to be taken for their speedy regularisation. Mr. Kumar had also expressed similar views during the press conference last week.

It was the BJP in 1994, then the ruling party in Delhi, which had recommended fixing the cut-off date for regularisation of unauthorised colonies as 1993. However, after the Congress(I) came to power in 1997, it has taken a stand that the cut-off date be extended till 1998.

Arguing that hundreds of colonies have sprung up after 1993, Prof. Mukhi said it was no longer relevant. ``Extending the date by five years is a practical approach,'' he said.

However, a section of the BJP leaders in the MCD are of the opinion that it be extended to March 31, 2002. ``This will give a permanent solution to the problem of unauthorised colonies,'' one of the leaders said.

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