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LS passes bill to regularise unauthorised colonies in Delhi

New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws

(Special Provisions) Second (Amendment) Bill, 2021 that will help regularise the unauthorised colonies in Delhi.

The Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha on February 9.

The Lok Sabha passed the Bill by voice vote amid uproar by the Opposition over the new farm laws.

The Bill replaces the ordinance brought to the same effect by President Ram Nath Kovind on December 30 last year.

The Bill aims to amend the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second Act, 2011.

The 2011 Act was valid till December 31 last year. The ordinance extended the deadline to December 31, 2023.

The 2011 Act provided for the regularisation of the unauthorised colonies that existed in the National Capital as on March 31, 2002 and where construction took place till June 1, 2014.

Replying to a brief discussion on the Bill in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State (Independent Charge) of

Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri said there is a public perception that the issue of unauthorised colonies were being delayed by some political parties.

The Minister referred to a letter from Delhi government to Ministry of Urban Development seeking

time from August 1, 2017, to July 2019 for survey of unauthorised colonies.

In 2019, the Minister said, “they wanted another two years and this is why we have brought this Bill.”

BJP Members–Meenakshi Lekhi and Ramesh Bidhuri took part in the discussion on the Bill.

After the passing of the Bill, the House was adjourned till 1430 hrs.

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