Flagship Promises

Regularize unauthorized colonies and giving ownership rights to residents.


By: Akshay Chooramani

Aam Aadmi Party had promised to regularise the unauthorised colonies within 1 year of it coming to power. Regularising unauthorised colonies means that various developmental works can be undertaken in such colonies like sewage, water supply,road and drainage and giving ownership rights to the occupants.

Official estimates peg the number of unauthorized colonies in the city at 1,650, with about 50 lakh residents. Soon after coming to power, the AAP government announced the decision to open registry of property in unauthorized colonies bypassing the process to be completed by the municipal corporations.  The government said in 2015 that soon after it sends the boundary details to corporations, it would also allow registry of property.

The process is now stuck as the Union urban development ministry has asked the Delhi government to submit details of plot size and population in these colonies. This is unusual demand by the Urban Development Ministry and is against the previous precedents. Hence, the classification has been done as “Stalled”

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