Delhi to allow registry of 567 colonies

Property sale ban in 567 colonies over
Express News Service
Posted online: 2011-02-09 00:20:02+05:30

New Delhi Thousands of residents at regularised, unauthorised colonies across Delhi will now be able to officially sell their property, with a ban on the registry of real estate transactions in the areas about to be lifted soon. Revenue officials said an office order allowing registration in these colonies is in the works, more than three years after the department stopped property sale in these colonies due to a technical hiccup.

Revenue minister Raj Kumar Chauhan said he told his department officials last week to begin work on the new rule. “The order is being drafted. It may come as early as tomorrow,” Chauhan said.

These colonies include Laxmi Nagar, Geeta Colony, Shakarpur, Sudarshan Park, Adarsh Nagar, parts of Punjabi Bagh, Inderlok, Vishwas Nagar, Ganesh Nagar, Mahavir Nagar, Amritpuri, and Gautam Nagar. Built on government land, these colonies were regularised in 1977 and owners were allowed to sell property till about three years back, when revenue officials suddenly realised that the land had not been formally denotified.

Orders were then issued banning property sale in these areas, though residents had been declared the property owners when the colonies were regularised.

Property sale has, however, never really halted, said a senior revenue official, as residents often find ways to getting around the law.

“The government is the biggest loser, as it is deprived of the registration money. We hope to generate a substantial amount of revenue once the process is allowed,” an official said.

The Central government regularised 567 colonies in 1977, after which the government enforced a staggered scheme to provide civic amenities here, said an official of the Urban Development department.

A senior revenue official said the move to denotify the colonies has been long due, but the government faced several constraints. “Soon after the ban was enforced, the government found itself caught in a demolition crossfire and could not take up the issue. Then came the elections, pushing it on the back-burner,” the official said.

When the government tried to lift the ban last year, Urban Development officials stalled it, saying the land on which the colonies were built hadn’t been denotified yet, the official added. “We then decided to define the word ‘notified’, and arrived at a consensus that colonies that have been regularised will be considered ‘denotified’,” the official said.

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