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Parliament passes bill to give ownership rights to residents in Delhi

The bill provides for a legal framework to grant ownership rights of land to more than 40 lakh people living in unauthorised colonies in Delhi.

They would be able to claim the rights on the basis of holding documents like Power of Attorney, Agreement of Sale, Will or Possession letters. It will provide relief to the residents of 1731 unauthorised colonies in the National Capital Region.

Parliament has passed the National Capital Territory of Delhi (Recognition of Property Rights of Residents in Unauthorized Colonies) Bill, 2019 .

The bill provides for a legal framework to grant ownership rights of land to more than 40 lakh people living in unauthorised colonies in Delhi.

1731 Unauthorised colonies in Delhi

The bill envisages offering them the rights of transferring or mortgage rights also. They would be able to claim the rights on the basis of holding documents like Power of Attorney, Agreement of Sale, Will or Possession letters. It will provide relief to the residents of 1731 unauthorised colonies in the National Capital Region.

Replying to the discussions on the bill, Urban Development Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, a 2008-notification has identified 1797 unauthorized colonies in the national capital, of which 66 have been excluded from the purview of the bill for now.

He cited reasons for the exclusion as the colonies falling under forest lands, ‘O’ zone or under the high tension power lines and those land parcels identified in the master plan for roads.

Title of the land  will be registered in the name of the women

He said  the title of the land after regularization will be made either in the name of the women in the beneficiary-family or jointly with women. He said, a mechanism will be established for looking into the case of those 66 excluded colonies.

Puri said, the scheme is much more than a regularization as it confers the rights of the land and is not just regularizing unapproved structures. He added, the stamp duty and registration charges would be very minimal and the task of conferring land title would be over in a short span of time to all beneficiaries.

DDA will launch a portal for applying for the regularization

He said, the DDA will launch a portal for applying for the regularization after uploading the maps of the delineated colonies which will be completed in a few days.

He said fifty or more help centres will also be established by the DDA to help the beneficiaries to complete the process of applying for the conferment of titles in their names. He assured that all the beneficiaries would be conferred with the land title without leaving anyone.

He said, the Delhi Government kept on seeking more time to provide the survey details of the unauthorized colonies despite reminders from the Union Government, causing a delay.

Earlier moving the motion, Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, the delineation of the colonies are being made using satellite images and maps. He said, inputs from various resident welfare associations have also been taken in the delineation exercise. He said, the NDA government is working on providing well-built houses to those living in informal settlements in the national capital at the same places where they are living.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar observed that the whole of Delhi is in favour of the legislation and is looking forward to its fruition.

Javed Ali Khan of Samajwadi Party said, the issue of regularization may persist as in future more unauthorized colonies could spring up. He said no credit has been given to the Delhi government for its efforts on regularization of the colonies. Sanjay Singh of Aam Adami Party said the Delhi government has sent the relevant satellite images to the Centre in November 2015 itself.

Dr. Amar Patnaik of the BJD said the Bill will unlock the real value of the assets after the regularization.

Bhupendra Yadav of BJP said that the bill is a result of the futuristic vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and that Delhi will become a world-class city as people will get easy loans and basic amenities in the colonies to develop their assets.

K Somprasad of CPI (M), R.S. Bharathi of DMK, V. Vijaysai Reddy of YSR Congress, Ashok Siddharth of BSP, Binoy Vishwam of CPI and Vijay Goel of BJP also participated in the discussion.

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