Centre clears ordinance on colonies

Relief for 60 lakh people

Ahead of the Assembly polls, the Union Cabinet on Monday cleared an ordinance to regularise unauthorised colonies that came up till June 1, pushing the cut-off date for regularisation by over a dozen years to accommodate 60 lakh people living in these settlements.

“The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Monday approved amendment to the existing guidelines that enables regularisation of all unauthorised colonies that have come up till June 1, 2014, namely extension of cut-off date for regularisation from March 31, 2002 to June 1, 2014,” government stated in an official release.

Now more such colonies will get government benefits to improve infrastructure due to government bringing ordinance to operationalise Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Amendment Bill, 2014. 

Finance minister Arun Jaitley said the impact of the ordinance will be that “895 colonies will get benefited and 60 lakh people living there will also get benefited”.

The NDA government’s move will help the BJP to reap political dividends in the large catchments of slums and authorised colonies ahead of the Assembly polls expected in mid February.

The Delhi government, said Arun Jaitley will now issue guidelines for implementing the centre’s decision.

The Cabinet decision is a culmination of meetings urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu held with Delhi Lt Governor, the Chief Secretary, Members of Parliament from Delhi and other stakeholders.

The Delhi government had suggested regularisation to ensure planned construction in the colonies, some of which have come up in localities which on record are shown as ridge areas.

On the last day of the winter session, Parliament had passed The National Capital of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second Amendment Bill, 2014, protecting unauthorised colonies from demolition till January 1, 2015.

The bill also empowered authorities to regularise unauthorised colonies that had come up till June 1, 2014. Earlier the cut off date was February 8, 2007. 

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