All of Delhi’s unauthorised colonies to be digitally mapped by Dec 31

By Naz Asghar

Nov 28, 2019

New Delhi:  All of Delhi’s 1,731 unauthorised colonies will be digitally mapped by December 31, as part of the process to give ownership rights to the residents of these colonies.

Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri made this announcement in the Lok Sabha while moving the National Capital Territory of Delhi (Recognition of Public Rights of Residents in Unauthorised Colonies) Bill, 2019 in the lower House for consideration and passing.

He said the Centre has been working on architecture of Delhi’s unauthorised colonies and digital mapping of 1,731 such colonies will be uploaded by December 31.

Puri said that 600 such colonies had already been digitally mapped the whole process will end by the end of December this year after which the images would be uploaded on a newly-created portal.

“The maps are being uploaded on the new website and the RWAs (Resident Welfare Associations) will be given 15 days time to respond,” he said.

While noting that the population of the national capital had surged from eight lakh at the time of Independence in 1947 to around two crore at present, he said only “half-hearted” efforts were made in 2008 during Congress regime to regularise the unauthorised colonies while current Aam Aadmi Party government sought time to complete the task till 2021.

The result was that the properties in these unauthorised colonies were not being registered by registering authority because of which the residents do not have any title doccuments in respect of such properties. Ownerships have been transferred several times on the basis of registered or un-registered or notarised Power of Attorney, Agreement to Sell, will, possession letter and other documents, and the stamp duty on these multiple transactions have neither been assessed nor paid.

The Minister said the Bill will provide special provision for the national capital by recognising the property rights of ownership or transfer or mortgage in favour of residents of such colonies.

The Bill seeks to levy stamp duty and registration charges on the amount mentioned in the conveyance deed or authorisation slip issued by the Delhi Development Authority and non-payment of any stamp duty and registration charges on any previous sale transactions made prior to the last transaction.

The Supreme Court in its judgement in the case of Suraj Lamp & Industries Pvt Limited vs State of Haryana & others had in 2011 held that sale agreement or General Power of Attorney or Will transaction are not transfers or sales and that such transactions cannot be treated as completed transfers or conveyances and they can continue to be treated as existing agreement of sale.

–India News Stream