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Okhlaiites, good news for residents of unauthorised colonies

With an eye on civic polls, the Delhi Government is showing extra interest in legalizing 1,600 unauthorised colonies in Delhi, including Okhla. Reports have surfaced that the Kejriwal Government has sought for amendments in the Centre’s 2008 notification so that it could legalise unauthorised colonies in the national Capital.

Urban Development Minister Satyendra Jain said the Delhi Government wants 1,639 unauthorised colonies to be regularised on ‘as is where is’ basis. It is to be noted that a similar move was proposed by then Congress Government headed by Sheila Dikshit. However, then UPA Government had rejected the move.

“All political parties are on the same page that the 1,639 colonies need to be regularised, but why is the delay on the part of the Centre? The Centre wants more details on our proposal to legalise these colonies, leading to the delay. The Delhi Government has provided all details available with it,” Jain told the media while addressing a Press conference at Delhi Secretariat.

It would be interesting to see how the Centre responds to the AAP Government’s demand. In case if illegal colonies are authorised, a pending demand of residents, it would be masterstroke by the AAP dispensation, said sources.

Moreover, the latest development has come a day after the Delhi High Court told the Centre to take an “in-principle decision” on the Government’s proposal to regularise unauthorised colonies.

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