Cabinet approves regulation for conferring ownership rights to 40 lakh people of unauthorized colonies in Delhi

The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the Regulations for conferring ownership or mortgage/ transfer rights to residents of Unauthorized Colonies (UCs) in Delhi. The Cabinet further approved bringing a Bill in the next session of Parliament to implement the proposal.

The decision will benefit more than 40 lakh residents of unauthorized colonies spread over around 175 sq kms, as development / redevelopment can now take place in these colonies resulting in a clean, secure and healthy living environment.

This landmark initiative will address major issues being faced by the residents of UCs like lack ownership/transfer rights, provision of basic infrastructure and civic amenities, the statement said.

With recognition of property documents, the property holders in these colonies can now enter into valid property transactions. Besides providing a legitimate claim to the property, the decision will encourage property holders to invest in safe structures, thereby improving the living conditions in these colonies substantially, it said.

The decision is applicable to 1,797 identified UCs, which are inhabited by lower income group society.  The decision does not apply to 69 affluent colonies identified by DDA, including Sainik Farms, Mahendru Enclave and Anant Ram Dairy, it added.

The rights will be conferred on payment of nominal charge based on carpet area/plot size. For colonies on Government land, the charge will be 0.5% (for less than 100 sq m), 1% (for 100 – 250 sqm) and  2.5%  (for greater than 250 sqm), of the circle rate of highest category of locality of the residential area surrounding the UC, it said.

For colonies on private land, the charge will be half of the charge on government land, it added.