In a bid to provide relief to as many as lakhs of residents living in illegal colonies of Delhi, a center-appointed Panel has recommended that they may be legalised after paying a small amount of money which will be at a fraction of the prevailing circle rate of the area. The recommendation has paved the way for nearly 1,797 unauthorised colonies in Delhi whose residents can now claim land ownership rights once it will be passed.
Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal who is heading the panel has recently submitted its report on the above to the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri. After receiving the report, Puri said that the central government will now move ahead with necessary approvals on the same.
He also informed that once they will get the approvals, all the illegal colonies of Delhi will be regularized and the landowners can then sell and buy properties without any hindrance.
The Panel further recommended, “The costing on all these colonies will be divided into different categories. Let say, for residential plots measuring up to 200 sq meters that have been developed on gram sabha land or agricultural land, the land cost will be 1% of the prevailing circle rate. On the other hand for plots measuring more than 200 sq metres the rate will be 2% of the circle rate.”
It has also recommended that in order to make the process of legalization of colonies hassle-free, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) should develop an online single window system. Moreover, DDA must notify the areas and develop a demarcation in all the colonies via drones and remote-sensing methods. To provide a good and healthy lifestyle to residents, the panel has recommended that the vacant government land must be used to develop civic amenities on a priority basis.
However, all the three plush and affluent illegal colonies like Sainik Farms, Mahendru Enclave, and Anant Ram Dairy are kept out of this recommendation.