The issue of unauthorised colonies has been plaguing Haryana for some time now. Over the years, there has been a series of approvals coming from the state government with regard to authorising such residential complexes. In one of the latest authorisation issued by Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the Chief Minister of Haryana, 875 unauthorised colonies across the state had been granted approval. 103 of these colonies are located in the Ambala district, 41 are in Fatehabad and 18 are in Bhiwani. In the same way 66 colonies have also been given the necessary authentication in Faridabad and 76 colonies have been authorised in Gurgaon.
The number of colonies registered in Hisar was 78 and in Jhajjar 44 colonies had been registered. Jind saw 102 such colonies being registered by the state government and in Kaithal the number was 30. At Karnal 46 colonies had been authenticated and in Kurukshetra the number was 47. Mewat saw only 4 colonies being authorised and in Mahendargarh the number of newly authorised districts was 26. In Palwal 13 colonies had been approved and at Panipat the number was calculated at 20. In Rewari the number was 14 and in Rohtak 57 such colonies had been authorised.
At Sonepat and Sirsa the number of authorised districts was the same 37. In Yamunanagar the number was estimated at 16. Well, there is a definite reason as to why such steps are being taken by the government since the past few years. To start with, it needs to be mentioned that the people who live in unauthorised colonies are not liable to be provided a number of benefits that would be provided to the people who are staying at the authorised ones. For starters, they may not receive basic civic facilities and even if it is provided, the costs could be high. This includes key amenities such as sewage, electricity and running water. One can just imagine the plight of people who are living in the unauthorised colonies.
This is however not where their misery ends. The real estate laws in Haryana dictate that people willing to sell their houses need to obtain no objection certificates or NOCs from the state government and this is applicable only for the people living in the authorised areas. This implies that such a facility may not be forthcoming for the people living in the unauthorised colonies and if they have to sell their houses it can only be done outside the purview of law. That could also mean that they may not get a proper price for their house and may have to sell it for a loss in case the condition requires them to do so.
An important question that needs to be asked in this context is how unauthorised colonies are coming up in Haryana. The state has been a home to migrant workers, especially from the neighbouring states in the recent past. This is especially seen in the urban areas and industrial belts where a lot of construction is going on. These migrants start living on the pavements with some makeshift arrangements and with time move on to build temporary and finally, by purchasing unauthorised lands, permanent structures.
While the government needs to be provided credit for regularising the unauthorised colonies across the state, it also needs to think what could be done in order to provide relief to the people living in such places. For starters, the people living here should be given the same facility on a consistent basis even if that means that a certain amount is levied on them for the same. As far as selling their properties is concerned there should be ways to ensure that they can achieve that aim without needing to stray from the rules. It is the government's responsibility of its people to take care of its people and this is where it could be lacking.