Delhi okays bill to prevent demolitions till 2014
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Last Updated: Thursday, December 08, 2011, 00:17
New Delhi: Aimed at preventing sealing and demolition of a large number of unauthorised structures in Delhi, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved a bill in this regard to be introduced in Parliament.

"The proposed Bill seeks to maintain the status quo up to 2014 in regard to unauthorised colonies including village abadis (settlements) and their extensions, storages, warehouses, and godowns for farm produce beside some other categories," said a senior Urban Development Ministry official.

Besides, the official said it would also help to facilitate long term planning for providing basic infrastructure in these colonies.

This is the second time in a year that the government has undertaken the similar move to protect these unauthorised colonies in the capital.

Earlier in March, the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provision) Act, 2011 was enacted for preventing demolition of several residential and commercial establishments in the capital.

"The Act also known as Delhi Special Laws was effective till December 31, this year after that it was required to be extended," said the official adding "so a Bill was proposed to maintain the status quo till 2014."

The Bill also proposes to extend the relief to urban villages.

Delhi Special Laws enacted in 2008, was extended in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Commercial establishments operating illegally in farm houses and other places in nearly 400 rural areas and urbanised villages of Delhi are expected to get a reprieve after the enactment of the proposed Bill.


First Published: Thursday, December 08, 2011, 00:17

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