Source: Times of India
Dated: 16th June 2013
NEW DELHI: At a packed Talkatora Stadium, with the audience a mix of rural and urban villagers, chief minister Sheila Dikshit declared on Saturday that her government was freeing thousands of residents from the archaic provisions of the law governing agricultural land. She then announced the government’s decision to restrict the use of Section 81 of Delhi Land Reforms Act for enabling regularization of construction, sale, purchase and registration of land by residents in hundreds of urban and rural villages and regularized unauthorized colonies.
The CM also declared that it has been decided to extend the lal dora norms to constructions in the extensions beyond the designated boundary of such villages. This opens the door for regularization of 165 unauthorized colonies located in the village abadi areas. Applications will be sought soon after notification for a three-month period. Also, an administrative order will follow. This will ease the sale-related restriction applicable to agricultural land.
Mobilization of the voters on the periphery of the capital is critical for the Congress as they are the most diligent in coming out to cast their vote. The villagers of Delhi make up for a significant part of Delhi’s voter turnout.
While the CM, her cabinet colleagues and MLAs welcomed the decisions as a panacea for the problems of lakhs of residents in the 360 odd villages of the capital, the ground reality is that approval for existing constructions will require a building plan approved by the corporations. The stage has been set for a face-off between the Congress and the BJP, which rules the corporations. Getting plan sanction will be tough for many property owners in rural and urban villages as the documentation is often inadequate and legally unacceptable to officials in the revenue department.
Delhi revenue minister Arvinder Singh warned in his speech that the officials who refuse to register documents of properties citing Section 81 will face action. He said the section has often been misused by officials. The minister also announced that cases registered for alleged violation of Section 81 would be withdrawn wherever justified now.
The cabinet, which met on Saturday morning, decided to exempt certain categories from the provisions of Section 81. These include an area which is urbanized by way of notification under Section 507 of the DMC Act; areas falling within the boundaries of unauthorized regularized colonies; buildings in respect of which building plans have been sanctioned by a competent authority or permission granted under an amendment of Master Plan; and house sites allotted under the 20-point programmer or in extended abadi as defined under Delhi Land Reforms Act.
Dikshit said the decision to extend the lal dora to abadi areas would give an opportunity to the extensions to village abadis in 165 villages to apply for regularization. The government had invited applications from November 2007 to April 2008 from RWAs of unauthorized colonies and extensions to village abadis as on March 31, 2002. As many as 1,639 colonies applied for regularization, including 146 extensions to village abadis. As a large number of extensions to village abadis had not applied for regularization, the government is now creating room for fresh applications.