The Delhi government’s decision to regularize illegal colonies was a decision foretold. After all, 900 colonies equal goodwill that will come in handy in next year’s assembly elections. It is a tale that recurs in sync with electoral cycles across the country.
There are, of course, benefits from such regularization. Owners of shacks get property rights and value can be unlocked by development. In practice, there are formidable roadblocks on this path. In the end, it is the civic authorities that end up bearing the burden of supplying civic amenities that please no one. Ask anyone in Delhi’s many “regular” colonies what they think of the Delhi Jal Board and matters will be very clear.
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In reality, India’s cities and their authorities—political ones especially—have no respect for civic order or town planning. Planning is an abused word here, subject to the minutest electoral whim of those who rule our cities.