Govt to take up regularisation of unauthorised colonies in city

With the Lok Sabha election likely to be held in April, the Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi has around two months to deliver on its manifesto promises. One of the issues that is going to be taken up on a priority basis is the regularisation of unauthorised colonies.

In those colonies, the AAP government has promised a host of measure for education and health. "We have 1,639 applications from colonies which are still awaiting regularisation. These people are expected to pay taxes and we depend on them for votes. They are also citizens. Yet, the process of regularising unauthorised colonies still remain on paper. We need to bring about in-principle changes in this regard,'' Urban Development Minister Manish Sisodia said.

Speaking of steps taken by the previous, Congress-led government in regularising 895 colonies, Sisodia said whatever was done "does not entail authorisation as per a notice issued by them. This politics of show-off needs to end".

The issue was also a highlight of the Lt-Governor's address in the Delhi Assembly on Monday.

Reiterating the government's promise to regularise all unauthorised colonies within a year, L-G Najeeb Jung said, "This (the move) will benefit 30 per cent of Delhi's population, which lives in such colonies. The plan will be implemented in a time-bound manner."

Besides unauthorised colonies, the government also faces the challenge of rehabilitating people living in slums.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had said that no slums would be demolished till people living there could be permanently shifted to another accommodation.

Claiming that the previous government had failed to solve the slum problem, Sisodia said, "While planning, no one thought of the needs of this new class that was emerging. There is a requirement for need-based development, you should have considered all this while taking up development. This is the responsibility of the government and shows failure on its part. You can't just send bulldozers to demolish such slums, especially in the cold. It requires leadership and planning.''

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