A Note On The Regularisation Of Delhi’s Illegal Colonies

By Accommodation Times Bureau

By Santhosh Kumar, CEO – Operations, Jones Lang LaSalle India

The Centre has responded positively to the Delhi Government’s appeal to regularise more than 1600 of the city’s unauthorised colonies. However, the truth is that even after this notification, the ground reality in that these colonies are unlikely to change for now.

There are several hurdles on the road ahead:

· Individual Rights: The residents there will still have to await the declaration culminating in ownership rights that will grant them the legal right to buy, sell and register their properties, besides carrying out construction work at these sites. Only colonies have been given a legal tag and not the individual houses. Every house owner residing in one of the unauthorized colonies will have to apply to the respective corporation for getting the property registered. People will have to get their building plans approved from the civic agency.

· Multi-Ownership: Considering that most of the houses in these colonies are builder flats built on a single plot, there is multi-ownership issue attached to these properties. Presently, there is no policy under which such owners can apply for having their houses regularised. A new policy will have to be framed by the civic agencies and DDA.

· Layout Plans: The Corporations will have to prepare the layout plans wherein the basic facilities and infrastructure that needs to be created will be earmarked.

· Infrastructure: A number of colonies that were regularized in 1977 are still in shambles, with basic infrastructure such as sewage, parks, dispensaries and street lights missing. The Government will have to ensure creation of infrastructure to make the move meaningful.

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