Delhi's unauthorized colonies turn legal
House owners in over 1,600 unauthorised colonies in the city will have to pay Rs 200 per square metre as development charge for regularisation of their colonies as well as getting various basic amenities like water supply, drainage and road connectivity.
It should be remembered that those having bought plots/flats in legal colonies paid huge amounts. Not just that, the honest taxpayers' money is being used for the upkeep of these illegal colonies, providing them all the utilities and other facilities that they never paid for..
A senior official said if someone has a house on a 50-meter plot, he will have to pay an amount of Rs 10,000 to the government as development fees.
The Delhi Cabinet, presided over by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today, fixed the amount as the development charge on unauthorised colonies for their regularisation and providing various services.
The amount was finalised on the basis of a recommendation by a Group of Ministers (GoM) which had submitted its report last week.
"The Cabinet has approved the recommendations of the GoM to levy development charges for regularisation of unauthorised colonies," Dikshit said.
The GoM under the chairmanship of Finance Minister A K Walia was appointed last month ago to fix the rate