CM eases Lal Dora norms for villagers

Move seen as a bid to woo rural voters

In a move aimed at wooing rural voters ahead of assembly polls, the Delhi government on Saturday announced extension of Lal Dora to 360 more villages and lifting of restriction on use of agriculture land for construction.

The decisions will help villagers get their properties registered and carry out construction works after approval of building plans from authorities.

Earlier, under the section 81 of the Land Reforms Act, no agricultural land could be used for construction of houses and other purposes.

‘Historical decision’

Describing it as “historical decision”, chief minister Sheila Dikshit said it will provide relief to lakhs of people in the city.

Lal Dora refers to land which is part of the village abadi (habitation) which is used for non-agricultural purpose only. Lal Dora was exempted from the building bylaws, and construction norms and related regulations under Delhi Municipal Act.

The decision to extend the Lal Dora and lifting of restriction on use of agricultural land for other purposes was taken at a cabinet meeting presided by Dikshit.

Officials said the Union urban development ministry will have to ratify the decision for its implementation. She promised that all “problems” being faced by people living in rural areas will be resolved soon.

“We won’t let rural Delhi lag behind the urban areas in development. We will provide same facilities in these areas that are available in urban areas. Our foes say that this decision is taken keeping in mind the upcoming elections, but if that would have been so, you wouldn’t have elected us thrice,” she said.

Urban development minister Arvinder Singh Lovely said section 81 has often been misused.

“Villagers should be allowed to build their home on their land wherever they want. We have decided that Lal Dora will be extended to all 360 villages. We will give three months’ time to RWAs or Gram Sabhas to identify the extended population of the village and apply accordingly,” he said.

He said anybody who wants to build a house in rural area now can approach MCDs as the civic agencies have the authority to clear it.

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