Section 5 in The National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Act, 2011

Title: Power of Central Government to give directions

Description: The Central Government may, from time to time, issue such directions to the local authorities as it may deem fit, for giving effect to the provisions of this Act and it shall be the duty of the local authorities, to comply with such directions.

Title: Validation of acts done or omitted to be done, etc., during 1st January, 2011 up to the date of commencement of this Act

Description: Notwithstanding any judgment, decree or order of any court, all things done, or, omitted to be done, and all action taken, or, not taken, during the period beginning on or after the 1st day of January, 2011 and ending immediately before the date of commencement of this Act, shall, in so far as they are in conformity with the provisions of this Act, be deemed to have been done, or, omitted to be done, or, taken, or, not taken, under these provisions as if such provisions were in force at the time such things were done or omitted to be done and action taken or not taken during the aforesaid period.

Title: Short title, extent, commencement and duration.

Description: (1) This Act may be called the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second Act, 2011. (2) It extends to the National Capital Territory of Delhi. (3) It shall come into force on the 1st day of January, 2012. (4) 1[It shall cease to have effect on the 31st day of December, 2020], except as respects things done or omitted to be done before such cesser, and upon such cesser section 6 of the General Clauses Act, 1897 (10 of 1897), shall apply as if this Act had then been repealed by a Central Act.] 1. Subs. by s. 4, for "It shall cease to have effect on the 31st day of December, 2017" (w.e.f. 31-12-2017).

Title: Definitions

Description: (1) In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires,-- (a) "building bye-laws" means bye-laws made under section 481 of the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act, 1957 (66 of 1957) or the bye-laws made under section 188, sub-section (3) of section 189 and sub-section (1) of section 190 of the Punjab Municipal Act, 1911 (Punjab Act 3 of 1911), as in force in New Delhi or the regulations made under sub-section (1) of section 57 of the Delhi Development Act, 1957 (61 of 1957), relating to buildings; (b) "Delhi" means the entire area of the National Capital Territory of Delhi except the Delhi Cantonment as defined in clause (11) of section 2 of the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act, 1957 (66 of 1957); (c) "encroachment" means unauthorised occupation of Government land or public land other than streets, lanes, footpath and parks, by way of putting temporary, semi-permanent or permanent structure for residential use or commercial use or any other use; (d) "local authority" means the Delhi Municipal Corporation established under the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act, 1957 (66 of 1957), or the New Delhi Municipal Council established under the New Delhi Municipal Council Act, 1994 (44 of 1994) or the Delhi Development Authority established under the Delhi Development Act, 1957 (61 of 1957), legally entitled to exercise control in respect of the areas under their respective jurisdiction; (e) "Master Plan" means the Master Plan for Delhi with the perspective for the year 2021, notified vide notification number S.O.141(E), dated the 7th day of February, 2007 under the Delhi Development Act, 1957 (61 of 1957); (f) "notification" means a notification published in the Official Gazette; (g) "punitive action" means action taken by a local authority under the relevant law against unauthorised development and shall include demolition, sealing of premises and displacement of persons or their business establishment from their existing location, whether in pursuance of court orders or otherwise; (h) "relevant law" means in case of— (i) the Delhi Development Authority, the Delhi Development Act, 1957 (61 of 1957); (ii) the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act, 1957 (66 of 1957); and (iii) the New Delhi Municipal Council, the New Delhi Municipal Council Act, 1994 (44 of 1994); (i) "special area", shall have the meaning assigned to it in clause (vi) of regulation 2 of the Building Regulations for Special Area, Unauthorised Regularised Colonies and Village Abadis, 2010 notified in the Gazette of India vide S.O. 97(E), dated the 17th January, 2011; (j) "unauthorised development" means use of land or use of building or construction of building or development of colonies carried out in contravention of the sanctioned plans or without obtaining the sanction of plans, or in contravention of the land use as permitted under the Master Plan or Zonal Plan or layout plan, as the case may be, and includes any encroachment. (2) The words and expressions used but not defined herein shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them in the Delhi Development Act, 1957 (61 of 1957), the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act, 1957 (66 of 1957) and the New Delhi Municipal Council Act, 1994 (44 of 1994).

Title: Enforcement to be kept in abeyance

Description: (1) Notwithstanding anything contained in any relevant law or any rules, regulations or bye-laws made thereunder, the Central Government shall before the expiry of this Act, take all possible measures to finalise norms, policy guidelines, feasible strategies and make orderly arrangements to deal with the problem of encroachment or unauthorised development in the form of encroachment by slum dwellers and Jhuggi-Jhompri clusters, 1*** unauthorised colonies, village abadi area (including urban villages), and their extensions, existing farm houses involving construction beyond permissible building limits and schools, dispensaries, religious institutions, cultural institutions, storages, warehouses and godowns used for agricultural inputs or produce (including dairy and poultry) in rural areas built on agricultural land, as mentioned below:-- (a) orderly arrangements for relocation and rehabilitation of slum dwellers and Jhuggi-Jhompri clusters in Delhi in accordance with the provisions of the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board Act, 2010 (Delhi Act 7 of 2010) and the Master Plan for Delhi, 2021 to ensure its development in a sustainable, planned and humane manner; 2 * * * * * (c) orderly arrangements pursuant to guidelines and regulations for regularisation of unauthorised colonies, village abadi area (including urban villages) and their extensions, as existed on the 31st day of March, 2002, and where construction took place even beyond that date and 3[up to the 1st day of June, 2014]; (d) policy regarding existing farm houses involving construction beyond permissible building limits; (e) policy or plan for orderly arrangement regarding schools, dispensaries, religious institutions, cultural institutions, storages, warehouses and godowns used for agricultural inputs or produce (including dairy and poultry) in rural areas built on agricultural land and guidelines for redevelopment of existing godown clusters (including those for a storage of non-agricultural goods) required to cater to the needs of the people of the National Capital Territory of Delhi; (f) orderly arrangements in respect of special areas in accordance with the Building Regulations for Special Area, Unauthorised Regularised Colonies and Village Abadis, 2010 within overall ambit of Master Plan in force; and (g) policy or plan for orderly arrangements in all other areas of the National Capital Territory of Delhi in consonance with the Master Plan on its review. (2) Subject to the provisions contained in sub-section (1) and notwithstanding any judgment, decree or order of any court, status quo— (i) as on the 1st day of January, 2006 in respect of encroachment or unauthorised development; (ii) in respect of unauthorised colonies, village abadi area (including urban villages) and their extensions, which existed on the 31st day of March, 2002 and where construction took place even beyond that date and 4[up to the 1st day of June, 2014], mentioned in sub-section (1); (iii) in respect of special areas as per the Building Regulations for Special Area, Unauthorised Regularised Colonies and Village Abadis, 2010; and (iv) in respect of all other areas within the National Capital Territory of Delhi as on the 8th day of February, 2007, shall be maintained. Explanation.-- For the purposes of this sub-section, it is hereby clarified that any development approved by the competent authority or the local authority under the relevant laws and the rules or regulations made thereunder, including repairs permissible under the building bye-laws in force, shall continue to remain permitted. (3) All notices issued by any local authority for initiating action against encroachment or unauthorised development in respect of areas referred to in sub-section (1), shall be deemed to have been suspended and no punitive action shall be taken 5[till the 31st day of December, 2020], if— (a) it is constructed prior to the dates specified for different areas as enumerated in sub-section (2); (b) it conforms to the safety standards as in force or such other safety requirements as may be notified by the Central Government; and (c) it complies with the directions with respect to safety, if any, issued by the Central Government: Provided that in case punitive action is required to be taken by any local authority, prior approval of the Administrator of the National Capital Territory of Delhi or the officer authorised by him in this behalf, shall be obtained by the authority or officer concerned. (4) Notwithstanding any other provision contained in this Act, the Central Government may, 6[at any time before the 31st day of December, 2020], withdraw the exemption by notification in respect of encroachment or unauthorised development mentioned in sub-section (2) or sub-section (3), as the case may be. 1. The words "hawkers and urban street vendors," omitted by Act 32 of 2017, s. 5 (w.e.f. 31-12-2017). 2. Clause (b) omitted by s. 5, ibid. (w.e.f. 31-12-2017). 3. Subs. by Act 39 of 2014, s. 5, for "up to the 8th day of February, 2007" (w.e.f. 26-12-2014). 4. Subs. by Act 39 of 2014, s. 5, for "up to the 8th day of February, 2007" (w.e.f. 26-12-2014). 5. Subs. by Act 32 of 2017, s. 5, for "till the 31st day of December, 2017" (w.e.f. 31-12-2017). 6. Subs. by s. 5, ibid., for "at any time before the 31st day of December, 2017" (w.e.f. 31-12-2017).