Unauthorised colonies on govt land may soon get basic amenities

New Delhi: Unauthorised colonies that have come up on government land in the national capital may be soon provided basic civic amenities like power, water, roads, drains and sanitation services.

The Delhi Cabinet today approved a proposal for provision of civic facilities in such colonies subject to future decisions of the Delhi High Court. The issue is being referred to the Lieutenant Governor and the Centre for consideration.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit told reporters after the cabinet meeting chaired by her that the city government is carrying out developmental works like laying of water and sewer lines, providing electricity, sanitation services, construction of roads and drains in unauthorised colonies on private land with permission of the High Court.

"The unauthorised colonies on government land, which were not getting such basic facilities till now, will be given these amenities as per the proposal," she said.

Dikshit said this is being done to ensure that insanitary conditions are not created in these colonies. The government move are expected to benefit over 500 unauthorised colonies.

Asked about regularisation of more unauthorised colonies, she said a list of 100 colonies had been sent to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi for preparing layout plans but the civic body is yet to get back.

Urban Development Minister A K Walia stated that his department has been constantly monitoring the process of regularisation of unauthorised colonies.

Meanwhile, to a question about theft of various street furniture like steel garbage bins and flyover panels installed for the Commonwealth Games, the Chief Minister said, "We want to make Delhi a beautiful city but that is not possible without the cooperation of people. I appeal to citizens to help us in preventing such things."