Delhi's illegal colonies safe for 3 more years: Explained

By Editorji News Desk
Published on | Dec 20, 2023

Protection extension

The National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second (Amendment) Bill, 2023 passed by both Houses of Parliament

Amendment aim

The law aims to extend protection for certain categories like slum dwellers, hawkers, and unauthorized colonies until December 31, 2026

Law background

The law was made in 2006 in response to a sealing drive against unauthorised constructions in Delhi. The protections were initially for one year

Amendment details

The recent amendment replaces the year 2023 with 2026, continuing protections for three more years. It covers unauthorised constructions up to 2014


The Act emphasises the need for orderly arrangements for the relocation and rehabilitation of residents in slums, unauthorised colonies, etc


The delay in the process, attributed to the Covid-19, has resulted in only 4 lakh registrations out of potentially 8-10 lakh eligible households

Future plans

Master Plan, awaiting approval from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, is expected to play a crucial role in shaping the future of the areas