New Delhi, Sep 24 : Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath Monday said regularisation of unauthorised colonies in the capital is an offshoot of bad planning, which could not check the proliferation of these colonies.

"It is bad planning rather than poor enforcement. How can you enforce 1,600 irregular colonies? Who is going to enforce it," the minister said.

He was speaking at a Delhi Development Authority (DDA) workshop here on 'Review of the Master Plan of Delhi 2021'.

"Perhaps we are the only country in the world which had to bring in a legislation, the Delhi Special Laws, saying we are going to regularise it. What is this a tribute to? It is a tribute to bad planning," he added.

On Sep 6, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna had approved the regularisation of 895 unauthorised colonies after the Delhi government sent a list of 917 unauthorised colonies to be cleared by Khanna.

The Shiela Dikshit-led Congress government in Delhi had issued provisional regularisation certificates to over 1,600 illegal colonies in 2008 ahead of the assembly polls.

However, it hung fire till 2012 when Dikshit took up the matter with the central government and got 917 unauthorised colonies regularised in September this year.


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