News Reading Practice #34

(100 Day Challenge)


Saxena asks officials to
frame plan for regularisation of illegal buildings in a month; development comes days after Parliament passed a Bill granting protection to such structures for three years

The Hindu Bureau

Lieutenant-Governor Vinai Kumar Saxena on Monday ordered officials to frame within a month a concrete action plan for the regularisation of illegal buildings and rehabilitation of slum dwellers in the Capital in a time-bound manner.

The order has come days after Parliament extended the validity of an Act, which provided for the relocation of slum dwellers and regularisation of unauthorised structures in the national capital.

The National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second (Amendment) Bill, 2023, also granted protection to owners against punitive action for another three years till December 31, 2026.

The statements and objectives of the Bill had cited that more time was needed to undertake the exercise that was stalled by COVID-19.

The regularisation of illegal structures, colonies and rehabilitation of slum dwellers is part of the Master Plan for Delhi-2041, which is in the works and is aimed at the planned development of the Capital.

'Stick to timelines'

The L-G issued the directions while taking stock of the progress on the Centre's Pradhan Mantri - Unauthorised Colonies in Delhi Awas Adhikar Yojana (PM-UDAY) and the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Urban (PMAY-U).

Raj Niwas sources said Mr. Saxena directed officials to give specific time- lines with regard to the completion of the works mooted under the Central schemes as he expressed concern over repeated delays in the rehabilitation of those living in notified slum clusters.

He asked officials to come up with a concrete time-bound plan for the registration, verification, and subsequent regularisation of illegal colonies. Keeping the Master Plan for Delhi in mind, he asked them to ensure that slum dwellers are rehabilitated in a dignified manner.

He asked the Delhi Development Authority to check if it is possible to rehabilitate slum dwellers within five kilometres of their dwelling units. If not, he asked them to be shifted to the flats and houses constructed under various welfare schemes.

The regularisation of illegal structures and rehabilitation of slum dwellers is part of the Master Plan for Delhi-2041. FILE PHOTO


TIME-BOUND - Limited or constrained by a specific period; having a deadline. (സമയബന്ധിതമായ)

RELOCATE - To move or establish in a new place; to change one's residence or position. (പുനരധിവസിപ്പിക്കുക)

DWELLERS - People who reside in a particular place; inhabitants or residents. (നിവാസികൾ)

FRAME - To formulate or create (a plan, system, policy, etc.); to structure or organize. (ആസൂത്രണം ചെയ്യുക)

REGULARISATION - The act of making something regular or conforming to a standard; the process of regularizing. (ക്രമീകരിക്കൽ)

CONCRETE - Specific, tangible, or real; relating to actual things or instances. (വ്യക്തമായ, കൃത്യമായ)

REHABILITATION - The process of restoring someone to a normal life or status, especially after illness or imprisonment. (പുനരധിവസിപ്പിക്കൽ)

UNAUTHORISED - Not officially approved or permitted; lacking proper authorization. (നിയമാനുസൃതമല്ലാത്ത)

PROVISIONS - Supplies or stipulations made in advance; necessary preparations or conditions. (നിബന്ധനകള്‍, ചട്ടം)

PUNITIVE - Involving or inflicting punishment; intended as a penalty. (ശിക്ഷാര്‍ഹമായ)

UNDERTAKE - To commit oneself to and begin (an enterprise, task, etc.); to take on or assume responsibility. (ഏറ്റെടുക്കുക)

STALLED - Brought to a standstill or halted; not progressing. (തടസ്സപ്പെട്ട)

DIRECTIONS - Instructions or guidance on how to do or reach something; the way in which something is oriented or positioned. (നിർദ്ദേശങ്ങൾ)

COLONIES - Territories or regions politically controlled by a distant country; a group of people of the same type or with a shared interest. (കോളനി)

MOOTED - Raised or introduced for discussion or debate; suggested as a topic for consideration. (നിര്‍ത്തിവെച്ച)

NOTIFIED - Officially informed or made aware of something; formally announced. (വിജ്ഞാപനം ചെയ്യപ്പെട്ട)

CLUSTERS - Groups of similar things or people gathered or situated closely together.

SUBSEQUENT - Following in time or order; coming after something in time. (ശേഷമുള്ള)

DIGNIFIED - Having or showing a composed and serious manner that is worthy of respect. (അന്തസ്സുറ്റ)

SHIFTED - Moved or transferred from one place, position, or condition to another. (മാറ്റിയ)