Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Friday handed over conveyance deeds and registry papers of houses to 20 residents of unauthorised colonies in Delhi, a move that comes ahead of the assembly elections in the national capital.
The documents were given to residents from unauthorised colonies in Raja Vihar and Suraj Park at a press conference, which was attended by Delhi Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal and other senior officers.
The ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi had recently asked the residents of the unauthorised colonies not to trust the BJP-led central government unless they get registry papers of their houses in their hands.
Dubbing the Friday event as “ceremonial”, Puri said in the coming days, more residents of unauthorised colonies will be given conveyance deeds and registry papers.
The move to regularise such colonies is likely to benefit around 40 lakh residents, who play a vital role in any election in the national capital.
The announcement of the Delhi assembly elections is likely to be made in the next few days.
The conveyance deeds and registry papers have been given to the 20 residents under PM-UDAY (Unauthorised Colonies in Delhi Awas Adhikar Yojna).
Asked whether the AAP government had been involved in the process, Puri, without taking any names, said, “I continue to be amazed at their capacity to derail matters.”
The Union minister said people had been hearing about the regularisation of unauthorised colonies for a long time as previous governments did not fulfil their promises. But now, development will take place in these areas at a greater speed, he said.
Taking to Twitter, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal hit out at Puri, saying “Do not make fake registry.” “First you (Puri) said you will regularise these colonies. Now, you are saying you will not regularise colonies. How can it then be possible to do permanent registry in these colonies,” he said.