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HC sets up committee to decide on regularisation of illegal colonies

A committee has been set up by the Delhi High Court to decide the issue of regularisation of unauthorised colonies, including the posh Sainik Farms. The committee has officials from the Centre and the Delhi Government.

Okhla is also unauthorized colony.

A bench of Justices S Ravindra Bhat and Navin Chawla disapprovedof the matter going “back and forth” between the Centre and the Delhi government and noted that it has been “pending for over a decade”, reported PTI.

“This back and forth has to go. We cannot monitor it. We want you to decide it, whatever it takes,” the court told the central government standing counsel Anurag Ahluwalia, who appeared for the Ministryof Urban Development.

“The affidavit (of the Centre and the Delhi government) says that there is no effort on regularisation of the colonies, despite the fact that both the Union of India and Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi met on the issue, but failed to take any decision,” the Bench noted.

Those who will be chairing the committed included the secretary Ministry of Urban Development, principal secretary of Department of Urban Development (Delhi government), senior officials of the DDA, MCD, Delhi Jal Board, New Delhi Municipal Council, CPWD (Central Public Works Department), Public Works Department (PWD) and electricity distribution companies here.

The court had earlier asked the Centre to take an “in- principle decision” on the AAP government’s proposal to regularise unauthorized colonies in the city.

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