Regularising Unauthorised Colonies in Delhi: The Thin Line between Legitimate and Illegal
While the government has created a long, complex, and cumbersome process for regularisation, it has resulted in little. By any reasonable definition of regularisation, residents should receive improved infrastructure and more stable land tenure as a result of the process. Here’s what happened in the cases this report examines:
- What the previous Delhi Government vaunted as the “regularisation of colonies” amounts to a list of colonies that are eligible for regularisation. In effect, only 312 of the 895 UACs stood regularised as of the September 2012 order.
- It is safe to say that the way the process has panned out, regularisation was not a necessary prerequisite for service provisioning.
- Only residents in a fraction of the 312 colonies can register sale deeds for their properties.
A report of the Cities of Delhi project.