Ownership allowed for 45 resettlement colonies

Jan 11 2013, 00:34 IST
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Summary200 unauthorised colonies on ASI or forest land may also be regularised.

200 unauthorised colonies on ASI or forest land may also be regularised.

In a huge relief for residents of 45 resettlement colonies in Delhi, the Centre has ratified the city government’s decision to grant ownership rights to people living in such colonies developed since 1950.

The Delhi government had in July decided to grant ownership rights to people living in such colonies and sent the proposal to the Centre for clearance. The move would benefit around 7 lakh families that were allotted plots varying from 25 to 80 square yards on licence basis.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, on Thursday, welcomed the decision of the Union government. The resettlement colonies were developed by DDA or Central government to accommodate families dislocated due to removal or demolition of JJ clusters.

“The Cabinet has wholeheartedly welcomed the decision of the Union government to ratify our earlier decision dated 16 July, 2012, wherein it was decided to grant ownership rights in 45 resettlement colonies,” Dikshit said. The resettlement colonies are situated in different parts of the city including Sriniwaspuri, Wazirpur, Satya Niketan, Janakpuri, Phankha Road and Madangir.

According to the letter by Ministry of Urban Development, dated December 18, 2012, “The plots allotted under JJ scheme to the residents of proposed 45 colonies may be considered for conversion from leasehold to freehold status as per decision /approval of Cabinet of GNCTD to confer freehold rights to such allotees.’’

The letter said those who are occupants through sale/purchase of the allotted plots and residing there from April 1, 2007, onwards will have to pay 100 per cent circle rate.

“Under the third category of occupants from whom 100 per cent circle rate has been proposed to be charged as premium for grant of freehold rights, the GNCTD would consider such persons only who are occupants through sale/purchase of the allotted plots and residing therein with effect from April 1, 2007,’’ the letter by MoUD said.

The occupants who have been allotted the plots before March 31, 2007, will have to pay 30 per cent of the circle rate.

In election mode, the government had on Saturday also given in-principle approval for regularisation of over 200 unauthorised colonies in the city on Forest or ASI land, besides the 895 colonies which were given approval earlier.

The Cabinet also gave its approval to expedite recruitment of doctors under the newly constituted Delhi Health Service. The recruitments are to be done as per the Delhi

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