Unauthorised Colonies

Under the Delhi Master Plan 2021, further regularisation of unauthorised colonies has become virtually impossible. At the same time, there should be a humanistic approach to the issue in terms of the enabling policy of urban governance stated earlier.

The Master Plan has been notified more than 20 months back. But no effort has been made to begin implement its pro-poor features. Among other things, the Plan caters to unplanned areas by paving the way for regularisation of unauthorized colonies, as per government policy and by proposing realistic norms for walled city, slums, Jhuggi Jhopri, resettlement colonies and village abadis.

Therefore, there is scope given for a humanitarian attitude towards the residents of these habitats. There should be 50 per cent allocation of dwelling units for the poor in government housing projects. The in-situ rehabilitation of slums and JJ clusters will be implemented, using land as a resource Built-up accommodation of about 25 sq.metre area in multi-storied structures would be allotted in place of 18 sq. metres and 12.5 sq. metre plots. There would be compulsory construction of at least 35 per cent of dwelling units or 15 per cent of permissible FAR, whichever is higher in the form of EWS units, by all developers of group housing.

The organising of the residents of JJs, resettlement colonies, etc. into Self-Help Groups would lead to considerable improvement in living standards.