Immunities of buildings to be extended

Immunities of buildings to be extended
16/12/2017 , by , in News/Views

The Cabinet is likely to approve extending the legal immunity for scores of illegal constructions and unauthorisedcolonies in Delhi from demolition or sealing till December 2020.

The National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Amendment Act, 2014 will be extended by three more years after passing the fresh amendments in the winter session of the Parliament, which is starting from Friday. This proposed amendment will cover all the illegal constructions that had come up between January 2006 and May 2014.

The Parliament had passed the law on December 16, 2014 (on the last day of winter session) to protect such constructions till December this year, which has prompted the housing and urban affairs ministry to propose amendments in the central act. The amendments bill needs to be passed before December 31.

Though then urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu had told the Parliament when the law was passed that the government was moving in the direction of regularisation of 1,200 plus unauthorised colonies in Delhi and a decision would be taken soon, not much has happened on the ground.

“What is the option left with the government? Can lakhs of houses be demolished? We have to extend the immunity period, else it will be a big chaos. You can’t make lakhs of people homeless,” said a government official who did not wish to be named.

Sources said poor coordination among Delhi’s municipal bodies, Delhi government and Centre has resulted in finding a solution to the issue difficult and more areas are increasingly becoming like slums due to rampant unauthorised constructions.

“Who knows whether once again the bill will be passed to regularise all constructions that have come up till June this year as it had happened in 2014? How can we allow all these to happen and also claim that efforts are being made to make the capital city more liveable?” asked an official familiar with the urban development issues.

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