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Soon, Ownership Rights For Residents In Delhi's Unauthorised Colonies  |  November 26, 2019

Sneha Sharon Mammen

On November 20, 2019, the Union Cabinet approved a Bill to grant ownership rights to the residents of Delhi's unauthorised colonies. About 40 to 50 lakh residents are likely to benefit with this decision. The Bill, which will serve as a legal framework, will include an amendment to the Income Tax Act. While delineating the boundaries is already in process, the DDA has launched a portal for this purpose. Another website will be launched soon to allow residents of these unauthorised colonies to apply for ownership rights starting December 16, 2019. Within 180 days of the application being processed, residents will get ownership certificates, said Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.


DDA Welcomes Suggestions From RWA Presidents, On Boundary Delineation Of Unauthorised Colonies


The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is in the process of delineating and uploading the maps of over 500 unauthorised colonies on its official website. In order to ensure smooth functioning, the authority has welcomed the resident welfare association presidents of those colonies that share a common boundary to raise their doubts or suggest improvements within 15 days of uploading the delineated maps on the official website.


The centre, on March 7, 2019, had approved a proposal to constitute a committee, under the chairmanship of Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal, to recommend a process to confer ownership or transfer rights to residents of unauthorised colonies in the national capital. In a press conference held in the national capital in July this year, minister Hardeep Singh Puri had said that the centre had sent across a cabinet note based on the report tabled by the Baijal-led committee to all the concerned stakeholders. The 10-man panel had representatives from the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), the Union Housing Ministry, the Delhi Secretariat and the three municipal corporations.


Authorities are expecting feedback on the report and soon, on approval of the cabinet, Delhi’s 1,797 unauthorised colonies will be writ with a new fate. Property owners in these areas will thereafter be able to sell their property, loans will become available while civic amenities such as water and electricity will also be supplied to these areas.


Role of the committee


The panel was meant to suggest a process and mechanism for conferring or recognising rights of ownership or transfer or mortgage to the residents of unauthorised colonies and consequential benefits. It will also recommend measures, including revision, if any, in urban planning and development control norms, to ensure redevelopment for improving living conditions in these colonies. The panel will recommend the roles and responsibilities of all agencies concerned.


It had also been asked to suggest a methodology for conferment of ownership or transfer rights to residents including eligibility and conditions for regulation of the beneficiaries.


The 10-member panel will also set out the procedure and timelines and terms for granting and recognising of such rights, besides providing a definitive time-frame for completing this exercise.




Unauthorised pockets in the upmarket Anant Ram Dairy, Mahendru Enclave and Sainik Farms may not stand to gain with the authorities’ decision and neither will those get any land ownership rights if their property has been developed on a forest land, ridge and the Yamuna floodplains or those within restricted zone near monuments preserved by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).