New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Sheila
Dikshit on Friday met Union Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath
and requested him to adopt a "flexible" approach in
regularising around 1,600 unauthorised colonies which were
given provisional regularisation certificates in 2008.
With municipal polls due in early next year, the
government is stepping up efforts to regularise the colonies
where around 40 lakh residents are living.
"Issues relating to regularisation of unauthorised
colonies figured in the meeting," sources said.
Various hurdles like finalising the boundary map, layout
plans have come up in regularisation of the colonies.
Regularisation of unauthorised colonies is expected to
become an election issue during MCD polls as BJP has been
attacking the city government accusing it of failing to keep
its promise of regularising the unauthorised colonies.
The city government had distributed provisional
regularisation certificates to 1,639 colonies ahead of
assembly polls in 2008 and promised to regularise them at the
Sources said Dikshit has requested Nath to allow sale and
purchase properties in colonies which came up on private land.
A Group of Ministers (GoM), constituted by Delhi
government to suggest development measures in unauthorised
colonies, had on Wednesday also recommended allowing sale and
purchase of properties in colonies which came up on private
The three-member GoM, headed by PWD Minister Raj Kumar
Chauhan, also decided to recommend allowing construction
activities in unauthorised colonies provided they had prior
approval of concerned agencies.
Officials said Nath assured Dikshit that his Ministry
will adopt a favourable approach towards her demands.