Delhi: The dream of residents, who are living in unauthorised colonies in Delhi, to get ownership of their flats or homes may soon become a reality.
While launching a website which defines and delineates the boundaries of unauthorised colonies in national capital, Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday announced that residents will be able to apply for ownership from December 16.
The applicants will get the ownership certificate within 180 days from the date of application, the minister said at the launch of a portal which will define and delineate the boundaries of 1,731 unauthorised colonies using satellite imagery.
The Union Cabinet had on Wednesday approved a bill which provides a legal framework to grant ownership rights to the people living in unauthorised colonies in the city, a move that will benefit 40 to 50 lakh people.
The decision is politically significant as it will benefit millions of poor migrants who hold key to the assembly election due early next year and had backed the Aam Aadmi Party in large numbers in the 2015 Delhi polls.
Inaugurating the website developed by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Puri said, “What the Delhi government couldn’t do in 11 years, we have done that in just three months.”
“We want the resident welfare associations to look at the boundaries delineated using satellite imagery and convey their suggestions and objections within 15 day,” the Union minister said.