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Bill for regularisation of Delhi’s unauthorised colonies introduced in RS
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Bill for regularisation of Delhi’s unauthorised colonies introduced in RS

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New Delhi, Dec 4: A Bill to regularise unauthorised colonies in Delhi was introduced in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday.

Introducing the National Capital Territory of Delhi (Recognition of Property Rights of Residents in Unauthorised Colonies) Bill, 2019 in the Rajya Sabha, Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, "A panel has identified 1,731 colonies as unauthorised colonies. Till now, it was deemed that it was a difficult task (to legitimise unauthorised colosies), but today we're about to finish it. Maps of all 1,731 colonies are completed and will be uploaded online in a matter of days."

"According to first census, Delhi's population was stood at 20 lakh which can reach approximately till 2 crore by 2021, when the next census will be held. Many people lived in refugee camps and unauthorised colonies at the time of independence," he said and added that the Bill is a way to regulate unauthorised colonies, which are prima facie illegal.

In 2011, a Supreme Court judgement said that deed, will and others could not be used for transferring ownership. "Money spent on rejuvenation of such colonies has increased by six times in the last five years," he said. He pointed out that Delhi had 1,797 unauthorised colonies in 2008. The Minister said that the Government was not stopping with unauthorised colonies and would make sure that every citizen of Delhi gets a home.

'. Our government will make sure that every citizen of Delhi gets a home. The target under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) for Delhi was 1 crore homes. We revised that to 112 lakh, of which we have already sanctioned 97 lakh...We will be announcing a major scheme under PMAY ‘Jahan Jhuggi Wahi Ghar’ for in situ slum rehabilitation,” he said.

The Centre in October notified the National Capital Territory of Delhi (Recognition of Property Rights of Residents in Unauthorised Colonies) Regulations, 2019 for regularising unauthorised colonies. The Bill provides for recognising the property rights of residents of certain unauthorised colonies in the National Capital Territory of Delhi.

The Bill provides that the central government may regularise transactions of immovable properties held by residents of certain unauthorised colonies, through notification. These transactions could be regularised based on documents including the latest power of attorney, agreement to sale, will, or possession letter. Any resident of an unauthorised colony having these documents will be eligible to obtain the right of ownership through a conveyance deed or an authorisation slip. (UNI)