Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today met Union Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath and thanked him for relaxing certain norms to regularise over 1,200 unauthorised colonies which are home to over 40 lakh people. Dikshit, accompanied by Delhi Urban Developmment Minister A K Walia and 12 Congress MLAs, conveyed “deep appreciation” to Nath on behalf of her government and the people of Delhi for easing the norms.
Heeding to a request by Delhi government, the Urban Development Ministry has allowed regularisation of the colonies by drawing their boundaries on the basis of satellite image of 2007 instead of satellite image of 2002, paving the way speedy regularisation of the colonies. Dikshit also hailed the Urban Development Ministry for authorising the city government to issue orders to regularise the colonies.
“The Union Ministry has dispelled all apprehensions that both central and Delhi governments are not serious to announce regularisation,” she said. Last month, the city government had urged Nath to relax the norms to provide relief so that most of the colonies, which were issued provisional regularisation certificates, could be regularised.
Delhi Development Authority, which functions under the administrative control of UD Ministry, had issued a notification on Wednesday authorising the city government to finalise the boundaries of the colonies having more than 50 per cent built up area as per aerial image of 2007. The decision to consider the aerial map of 2007 is aimed at ensuring inclusion of a large portion of the areas in the colonies left out by the 2002 aerial survey where construction took place between 2002 and 2007.
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