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Lok Sabha passes bill to regularise unauthorised colonies

The Lok Sabha has passed a bill to regularise property of residents living in unauthorised colonies by securing their rights of ownership.

Nov 29, 2019 12:54 IST
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The Lok Sabha passed the bill to regularise property of residents living in unauthorised colonies on November 28, 2019. The bill aims to regularise unauthorised colonies by securing the rights of ownership.

The National Capital Territory of Delhi (Recognition of Property Rights of Residents in Unauthorised Colonies) Bill, 2019 will regularise the unauthorised colonies by securing the ownership rights or transfer or mortgage in favour of the residents.

The bill was introduced in the lower house of the Parliament by Minister of State of Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri, on November 26. The bill states that the development of planned housing colonies has not been able to keep up with the increase in population in the national capital in the last few decades due to migration and other reasons and this has resulted in the increase of unauthorised colonies.

What is an unauthorised colony?

The bill describes an unauthorised colony as a colony or a development that comprises an adjacent area, where no permission was obtained for the layout plan or building plan.

Who is a resident?

The bill defines a resident as a person who has physical possession of a property, based on a registered sale deed or other documents including the latest power of attorney or agreement to sale, will, possession letter. The resident can also possess any other document that provides proof of payment for a property in unauthorised colonies. 

The definition of a resident includes legal heirs of residents but it does not include tenant, licensee, or persons permitted to use the property.

Bill to recognize unauthorised colonies: Key Features  

The bill’s provisions propose to regularise transactions of immovable properties held by residents of certain unauthorised colonies through a notification. 

Any resident of an unauthorised colony with documents including the latest power of attorney and an agreement to sale, will, or possession letter is eligible to obtain the right of ownership of the property through a conveyance deed or an authorisation slip.

The residents of such colonies will also be required to pay certain charges to obtain ownership. The charges will be announced by the central government. Besides, they would also be required to pay the stamp duty and registration charges, as mentioned in the conveyance deed or the authorisation slip.

However, no stamp duty and registration charges will be payable in case of any previous sale transactions related to the property.

Background

The passage of the bill in the Parliament is expected to provide ownership title to around 40 lakh people living in unauthorised colonies in the national capital. There are around 1,731 unauthorised colonies in Delhi.

The Union Government will be uploading a portal by December 16 where residents of unauthorized colonies can apply for registration. The digital maps of the unauthorised colonies are likely to be uploaded by the end of 2019.

The government has also announced that around 75 help centres will be created by DDA to enable a smooth transition and assist the residents in registering.

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