Around 40,00,000 people living in unauthorised colonies in New Delhi will be given ownership rights, the government said on Wednesday.
Nearly 1,800 colonies have been marked for the big move, ministers said.
The Union cabinet approved the regulations for conferring, recognising ownership or mortgage and transfer rights to residents of Unauthorised Colonies (UCs) in Delhi.
The cabinet further approved bringing a Bill in the next session of the Parliament to implement the proposal.
The decision to regularise unauthorised colonies in Delhi is likely to have impact on the Delhi Assembly elections slated for next year.
The move to regularise unauthorised colonies in Delhi is based on the recommendations of a committee, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said.
Briefing media on decisions taken by the Modi cabinet, Prakash Javadekar said, “It has been decided to give ownership rights to 40,00,000 people living in unauthorised colonies of Delhi.”
The decision will benefit more than 40,00,000 residents of unauthorised colonies spread over around 175 sq km, as development/redevelopment can now take place in these colonies resulting in a clean, secure and healthy living environment.
This landmark initiative will address major issues being faced by the residents of UCs like lack of ownership/transfer rights, provision of basic infrastructure and civic amenities.
With recognition of property documents, the property holders in these colonies can now enter into valid property transactions. Besides providing a legitimate claim to the property; the decision will encourage property holders to invest in safe structures thereby improving the living conditions in these colonies substantially.
The decision is applicable to 1,797 identified UCs, which are inhabitated by lower income group society. The decision does not apply to 69 affluent colonies identified by Delhi Devolopmen Authority (DDA), including Sainik Farms, Mahendru Enclave and Anant Ram Dairy.
The rights will be conferred on payment of nominal charge based on carpet area/plot size. For colonies on government land, the charge will be 0.5 per cent (for less than 100 sq m), 1 per cent (for 100 – 250 sqm) and 2.5 per cent (for greater than 250 sqm), of the circle rate of highest category of locality of the residential area surrounding the UC.
For colonies on private land, the charge will be half of the charge on government land.