Center moots regularisation of unauthorised colonies in New Delhi

NEW DELHI: Paving the way for regularisation of hundreds of unauthorised colonies, the central government has finally proposed to make such habitations eligible for getting all the approvals for civic facilities provided they adhere to the criteria of built up area of at least 50% by January 2015.

This norm will apply to all unauthorised colonies, including the contentious affluent ones such as Sainik Farms, Ananthram Dairy and Mahendru Enclave that have come up till January last year.

TOI has learnt that the proposal details a uniform formula for paying the charges for encroaching on public land and penalty amount for regularisation based on the size of the plots. The charges for recovering the cost of public land has been linked to the local circle rate of properties. Delhi government officials confirmed that they have received the proposal that would be put before the Cabinet for its approval.

Sources said since these colonies don’t get basic civic amenities from the government, the property owners would need to pay only a percentage of the circle rate for regularisation.

Though properties in Delhi fall under eight categories, TOI has learnt that most of the unauthorised colonies fall under C to E Category.

The charges proposed is minimal as less as Rs 1,200 per sq metre in properties falling under H category.

As per the proposal, those seeking regularisation would have to pay penalty charges over and above the cost of land. This would be 50% of the land cost. There is also a provision to levy damage charges on those who fail to avail the regularisation scheme within six months of it coming into effect. The damage charge will be 10% of penalty charges.

Officials said central and Delhi government are keen to end the impasse over the unauthorised colonies for more than one reason including to achieve complete sanitation.

Credits ET Realty

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