Lok Sabha passes Bill to address Delhi civic issues

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on March 18, 2011 Published on March 18, 2011

The Lok Sabha on Friday passed the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Bill, 2011 for the period from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011 to give continued effect to the various programmes, strategies, schemes, guidelines, policies and plans currently being run by the Delhi Government to address the special problems plaguing the National Capital Territory of Delhi.

The Bill was introduced by the Urban Development Minister, Mr Kamal Nath, before the House adjourned for the first time soon after it was convened for the day and was passed when it reconvened at noon without any discussion amid the ruckus over Wikileaks.

The Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Act 2006 was enacted to address several contentious issues confronting the national capital. Unauthorised constructions, commercial use of residential premises, encroachment on public land by slum-dwellers and Jhuggi-Jhompri clusters, problems pertaining to urban street vendors, which were affecting the lives of millions of people, are some of the issues to be tackled.

The 2006 Act was replaced by the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provision) Act in 2007, which was subsequently renewed till the last one expired on December 31, 2010.

Issues addressed

Subsequent to the enactment of the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second Act 2009, a strategy for regulation of urban street vendors was put in place, as also steps entailing scrutiny of layout plans, assessment of built-up percentage existed as on March 31, 2002, identification of mixed use streets, approval of layout plans, fixation of boundaries, change of land use and identification colonies not eligible for regularisation were put in place.

Moreover, Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board was set up for implementation of schemes for improvement of jhuggi-jhompri clusters and its redevelopment with a view to bring improvement I environment and living conditions and preparing housing schemes for jhuggi-jhompri dwellers.

The draft policy for farm houses and steps for regularisation of certain institutions which are rendering cultural (including spiritual, health care and education al services) and the policy8framework in respect of storages, warehouses and godowns used for agricultural land were still under consideration of the Delhi Development Authority.

As more time is needed for orderly implementation of the programmes, formulation of strategies, schemes, guidelines, policies and plans, the Bill seeks to give continued effect to these programmes by proposing to enact a law for a span from January 1 to December 231, 2011, the Minister said.

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Published on March 18, 2011
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