Now, unauthorised colonies can avail development benefits

Urban development and revenue minister A K Walia on Thursday said the department has resolved the cases of 98 unauthorised colonies having multiple resident welfare associations. And these colonies will now be able to avail development benefits.

Walia added his department had been considering the cases of these colonies and took the issue up with the forest department, Archeological Survey of India (ASI) and revenue department to overcome the problem.

“The issue was discussed with the concerned resident welfare associations (RWAs). All these colonies were having 50 per cent or more built-up area in 2007 as per the reports submitted by survey of India,” said Walia.

He added since the issue has been resolved and the forest department and ASI have given their clearance, there remain no obstacle in taking up development work in these colonies.
Walia described this as a major step forward in providing civic services to these colonies.

“It is expected that lakhs of families will benefit with this decision. This will result in an era of planned development in 98 colonies which were awaiting civic amenities at par with other colonies,” said Walia.

He added that all the agencies taking up development work are being thoroughly instructed.

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