Delhi govt approves development of 91 unauthorised colonies

The 91 colonies are part of 205 unauthorised colonies which were given in principle approval.

New Delhi: With an eye on assembly polls later this year, the Delhi Government has decided to carry out development works in 91 unauthorised colonies which encroached land belonging to ASI and Forest department.

Urban Development Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely today said the government has given go ahead to concerned agencies for carrying the development works in unauthorised colonies which were issued provisional regularisation certificates in 2008.

The 91 colonies are part of 205 unauthorised colonies which were given in principle approval by the Delhi Cabinet for regularisation.

Lovely said the Urban Development department has issued list of 91 unauthorised colonies where developmental works will be carried out as soon as possible. The decision to allow developmental works in the colonies was taken in view of clearance given by various concerned agencies and departments.

Earlier this month, the Delhi Cabinet had given an in principle approval for regularisation of over 205 unauthorised colonies to pave the way for their development on par with other areas in the city.

Out of the 205 colonies, officials said 157 colonies came up partly on forest land while 48 settlements have encroached land belonging to Archaeological Survey of India.

The government had decided to regularise the colonies after getting clearance from Forest department and ASI.

The Government in September had regularised 895 unauthorised colonies which are home to around 35 lakh people.

Officials said Urban Development department will soon issue the list of remaining 114 colonies out of the 205 colonies for initiating developmental works.

The Delhi Government had issued provisional regularisation certificates to 1,639 unauthorised colonies ahead of assembly polls in 2008.

The then Sheila Dikshit government, while distributing the certificates, had promised to regularise the colonies if Congress came to power for the third term.

After the Congress' defeat in municipal polls in April, Dikshit had asked all concerned departments to expedite the regularisation process.

Assembly polls in Delhi are scheduled for December.