200 more colonies to get legal stamp

Cabinet move to benefit 15 lakh people living in localities built on ASI, forest land

The state cabinet gave in-principle approval on Saturday to regularise 205 unauthorised colonies that had come up on ASI and forest land over the years in the city.

The issue was discussed at length keeping in view the clearance received from all agencies, including the department of urban development. Chief minister Sheila Dikshit said the move will help agencies expedite development work in these colonies on priority basis.

“The cabinet has given its nod to regularise another 205 unauthorised colonies. About 157 of these were built on forest land and 48 on the land of Archaelogical Survey of India (ASI),” she said.

Since the finalisation of the list requires matching of the records, the notification will take some time, she said.

The state government had regularised 895 illegal colonies in September last year at one go.

No demolition

Addressing the representatives of unauthorised colonies at Talkatora Stadium later in the day, Dikshit said her government will never allow any agency to demolish their houses and uproot their families, which mostly belong to middle income group and weaker sections.

“Delhi would delete the term unauthorised from its dictionary. The days of bulldozers are over,” she said.

She said the decision to regularise colonies on ASI and forest land will provide big relief to around 15 lakh persons.

East Delhi MP Sandeep Dikshit expressed surprise over the fact that the authorities did not care when the construction took place in illegal colonies, but suddenly appeared to demolish the dwelling units there.

“The city government is a landless government with no control over police. Despite all this, the government is taking historical decisions,” he said.

“Similar honour is being given to the residents of unauthorised colonies which the residents of developed colonies are enjoying,” he added.

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