In December 2019, the DDA began the process of granting property rights to inhabitants of illegal colonies. The PM-UDAY program’s initial wave of 20 participants received ownership rights in January 2020.
Residents of illegal colonies in the ‘O zone’ according to the Master Plan of Delhi-2021 have asked the government to speed up the system to process their applications for property ownership under the PM-UDAY programme, days after the Centre removed ‘Will’ as a necessary document.
The Yamuna floodplains are inside the O Zone, a land planning zone where the status quo has been ordered by the National Green Tribunal.
The paperwork requirements for the PM UDAY Yojana programme have recently been streamlined thanks to efforts by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA). A top DDA official said that the ministry has accepted the proposal to enable the filing of a Registered Gift Deed in lieu of a General Power of Attorney (GPA) for receiving benefits under the programme.
While petitions from inhabitants of designated illegal colonies may now be handled quickly, residents of over seventy-six other colonies, including Jaitpur, Badarpur, Okhla, Karawal Nagar, etc., remain unable to seek ownership of their homes.
After the National Capital Territory of Delhi (Recognition of Property Rights of Residents in Unauthorized Colonies)
Act, 2019 went into force in 2019, the Pradhan Mantri Unauthorized Colonies in Delhi Awas Adhikar Yojana (PM-UDAY) initiative was introduced. However, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) put a halt to the surveying of these 76 or so illegal colonies in 2020 since they were located in the “O zone” as defined by the Master Plan for the Development of Delhi (MPD-2021). To make it easier for citizens to acquire property rights, the government is streamlining the application procedure.
The DDA and the federal government need to make changes to better serve us. Anil Sharma, a resident of the hamlet of Meetapur, next to Badarpur, who has organized a group to remove the colony from the O zone, stated, “We have waited very long.”
Once the requisite adjustment is indicated in the master plan, only then will the petitions of these colonies be handled,” said a senior DDA official. The draught MPD-2041 has been updated to reflect these changes. We apologise, but we are currently unable to accept new applications.
In December 2019, the DDA began the process of granting property rights to inhabitants of illegal colonies. The PM-UDAY program’s initial wave of 20 participants received ownership rights in January 2020. Officials from the DDA claim that as of July 15, 2022, they have received 105,076 applications, of which 41,143 have been processed.
The DDA has awarded conveyance deeds or authorization slips to 14,705 people living in colonies built on public property.
Nearly 62,700 applications were rejected because they lacked essential paperwork.
DDA representatives estimated that 2,000 applications had been delayed because of the Will. A high-ranking official has said that the current changes to the plan would speed up case disposal, help in simplifying the procedure, and boost the number of applications.