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In Ludhiana, the residents have to approach only to a registered architect to apply for the one-time voluntary disclosure and settlement of building constructed in violation of building byelaws. Similar to online building plans, the architects then have to upload the applications of the violators on the municipal website E-Naksha.

The civic authorities claimed that the directives are only to receive online applications, the residents will have to approach the architects first and then the Municipal Corporation officials will verify those applications to sanction approval. The payments will also be received online.

Approximately 22 applications are already received from various defaulters and the civic body is expecting receival of Rs.16.5 crore from them. But the officials asked to upload all these applications online.

After a delay of one month, this policy was notified on 5th March and the facility to receive applications was started via e-Naksha. Although not many architects are aware of the system that even OTS (one-time settlement) applications will be uploaded through them. However, the civic body officials claimed to create awareness about the same.

KP Brar, MC Commissioner said that they have already begun to receive applications but the residents should come through architects as it is an entirely online system. He also said that the property owners have enough time to disclose their violations and they begin applying.

SS Bindra, assistant town planner (headquarters) said that the facility is available now and the residents should approach registered architects to get the application uploaded and the verification process will begin later as to whether the person has fulfilled all the conditions. The sanction will be given once the process is complete and everything will be done in a transparent manner.

City-based architect Sanjay Goel, one of the directors of Ludhiana Smart City Limited said that the architects will check if everything is according to the law at the time of uploading applications as it will avoid uploading of wrong information by the residents.

He also said that the architects can check for violations as well when they are authorized for online building plans.

This scheme is only for the regularization of structures constructed on or before 30 June 2018. The composition fee will be Rs. 300 per sq.ft. for total non-compoundable area on all the floors of residential buildings and the same will be Rs. 1,000 per sq.ft. for non-compoundable area on all the floors of the commercial establishments.

The property owners will also have to make necessary fire safety, structural safety, and parking arrangements in two months from the date of submission of application.