Sheila meets Nath on regularisation of colonies



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 earliest.

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 land.

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.

PTI