By : M.S.Yatnatti: Editor and Video Journalist Bangaluru : Reportedly In a major relief to lakhs of people living in unauthorised colonies, AAP Delhi government recently decided to allow registration of properties in the settlements regularised by the Centre, heeding to a long-standing demand of the residents. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal issued direction to finalise boundaries of the 1650 unauthorised colonies in the city out of which around 800 have been regularised by the Centre.
Let us forget about the votes and work for development .Aam Aadmi Party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, and the Congress, and all unauthorised persons are interested in regularizing unauthorized colonies and it is all property politics to resolve the vexed issue of unauthorized colonies andthat it is a red letter day in the history of the Capital City as no political party is talking of law abiding citizens .Votes of unauthorized colonies are more important and not the votes of law abiding citizens . The dream of putting up in fully developed colonies in respect of 60 lakh residents is coming true. The City Government has been able to resolve the vexed issue of unauthorized colonies.
Further, the fear of sword hanging over the future of the residents of unauthorized colonies has become a thing of the past. Government can do a balancing Act .Those who were law abiding need to be given sympathetic consideration .They need to be rewarded for law abiding attitude .Allow them to construct some additional Law abiding FAR and allow them to have FAR in par with their unauthorized colonies.It is pertinent to note that all political parties whether it is Aam Aadmi Party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, and the Congress, all are interested in regularising unauthorised colonies and they have promised prior to the Delhi elections of 2013.all political parties are in top gear to legalize illegal things .In the interest of Delhi people , recently the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved regularisation of unauthorised colonies that have come up till June 1, 2014.
Setting the process to regularize 1939 unauthorised colonies in motion, Urban development ministry has directed Delhi Development Authority (DDA) to carry out the necessary modifications in the clauses for regularization of unauthorized colonies urgently.The ministry, while informing DDA that the Cabinet on December 29 has approved amendment to the Revised Guidelines of 2007 for regularization of unauthorized colonies, has asked DDA to accordingly amend the guidelines. The Cabinet had decided on Monday to extend the cut-off date from December 31, 2002 to June 1, 2014, for the purpose of regularization, said a senior Urban development ministry official. The ministry has also sought to clarify that no proposal for issuance of an ordinance for regularization of unauthorized colonies was made for the approval of Union Cabinet, as the same was not required. The official said that the proposal made was to amend the Revised Guidelines of 2007, which were earlier approved by the Cabinet, for considering the unauthorized colonies that sprang up in the capital after March 31, 2002 for regularization.
National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Amendment Bill, 2014 passed by the Lok Sabha :The National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Amendment Bill, 2014 has been passed by the Lok Sabha. The Bill seeks to extend the validity of the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second Act, 2011 upto 31.12.17. The bill seeks orderly arrangements pursuant to guidelines and regulations for regularization of unauthorized colonies, village abadi areas (including urban villages) and their extensions, as existed on the 31st day of March 2002, and where construction took place even beyond date and upto 1st June, 2014.The objective of the extension of time is not only to protect certain forms of unauthorized developments from punitive action in the NCT of Delhi, but also to provide for opportunity to the Government agencies to finalize the norms, policy guidelines and feasible strategies as well as orderly implementation of the plan in this regard. National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second Act, 2011 is due to expire on 31st December 2014.
Reportedly The Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Act, 2006 was enacted by the Parliament to address the issues arising out of the several orders and directions passed by the Supreme Court and the High Court of Delhi in cases pending before them regarding contentious issues which were confronting the national capital, namely, unauthorised constructions, commercial use of residential premises, encroachment on public land by slum dwellers and Jhuggi-Jhompri clusters, problems relating to urban street vendors, which were affecting the lives of millions of people. This Act remained effective for a period of one year and lapsed on the 18th May 2007, and required the Central Government with a time period of one year to take all possible steps to finalize norms, policy guidelines and feasible strategies to deal with the problem of unauthorised development with regard to mixed land use not conforming to the Master Plan, construction beyond sanctioned plans, and encroachment by slum and Jhuggi-Jhompri dwellers, hawkers and urban street vendors; and also provided for status quo as on 1st January 2006 to be maintained in respect of these categories of unauthorised development, subject to certain conditions notwithstanding any judgment, decree or order of any court, and that all notices issued by the local bodies for initiating action against these categories of unauthorised developments shall be deemed to have been suspended and that no punitive action shall be taken during the said period of one year. While this Act was in force, the Master Plan for Delhi, 2021 was notified by the Central Govt. on 7th February, 2007, incorporating extensive amendments in respect of provisions governing mixed land use, and for construction beyond sanctioned plans, thus providing much needed relief in the case of unauthorised development with regard to mixed land use not conforming to the Master Plan and construction beyond sanctioned plans. This Act was followed by the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Ordinance, 2007 was promulgated on 4th July 2007, and in view of some important developments in regard to sealing of commercial premises in the unauthorized colonies, and in view of the exigencies involved, the NCT of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second Ordinance was promulgated on 15th Sept, 2007, the provisions of which were in force upto 31st December, 2008.
The scope of this Ordinance was widened to maintain status quo so that no punitive action could be taken during this period in respect of unauthorised colonies, including village abadi and its extension, storages, warehouses and godowns meant for agricultural inputs or produce (including dairy and poultry) in rural areas built on agricultural land, apart from the categories of unauthorized development included in the previous legislation.