New Delhi, Oct 23: This year's Diwali is going to be extra joyous for more than four million people in the national capital.
In what comes as an Diwali gift for over 40 lakh people living in unauthorised colonies of the national capital, the Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved regularisation of these colonies.
The decision was announced by Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad after the cabinet meet.
"This is Prime Minister Narendra Modi's thinking, that we can do this. This is not politics...they will get parks, electricity and a sewer system," Ravi Shankar Prasad told the media.
In June this year, the Delhi government had proposed a set of parameters to Centre to regularise 1,797 unauthorised colonies in the city. The Delhi government had also proposed to charge one per cent cost of land circle rate for up to 200 square metre plot from occupants and a nominal penalty.
The decision to regularise unauthorised colonies in Delhi is likely to have an impact on the Delhi Assembly election slated for next year.
"Ownership rights will be conferred to people who are living there, whether they are on private or government land," Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri was quoted as saying by NDTV.
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