regularization of illegal colonies
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Captain Amarinder Singh led Punjab Government’s notification to regularize illegal colonies, plots and buildings came as a major relief to 94 such unauthorized colonies in the state. The Government announced notification policy for the unauthorized colonies, plots and buildings recently.

Out of total 94 colonies, the Derabassi sub-division tops with 57 such illegal colonies, followed by 23 and 14 in Mohali and Kharar sub-divisions, respectively.

Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, the housing and urban development minister said that this is an opportunity given to the colonizers and plot owners via notifying regularizing policy who could not apply in to the policies notified earlier in this regard and went into dispose of pending applications.

The minister also said that the colonies developed before March 19, 2018 will be regularize under the policy.

Many people including Shailender Anand, former president of Mohali Property Consultants’ Association said that Government must take action quickly and stop such malpractices inspite of regularizing them later.

A number of illegal colonies came into existence in Mohali during the year 2004-05 but the State Government failed to check the establishment of such colonies. The reason behind the rise of illegal colonies was the developers/builders who targeted the aspiring home buyers who sought to buy a home at a cheaper price.

But the regularization of such illegal colonies is like hurting the developers/builders who constructed colonies according to the rules and regulations.

The Punjab Urban Development Authority (PUDA) claims to restore all illegal colonies into one fold of planned development in order to ensure provision of basic amenities for providing better quality of life to the residents of these colonies. The Punjab State Government also notified a policy for compounding of unauthorized colonies and regularization of plots and buildings in these colonies.

Bajwa the minister for housing and urban development said that the policy notified is a onetime settlement offer and such policy will not be introduced in future. He also said that stringent action will be taken against those failing to get their colonies and plots/buildings compounded/regularized in given timeframe and the action will also be taken against the promoters for developing such illegal construction in future.

Minister Bajwa also directed the senior officers to monitor the ground situation on a continuous basis through the field staff to curb future development of illegal colonies in the state.

Vini Mahajan, additional chief secretary, department of housing and urban development said that action will be initiated against the officers who would fail to check the development of unauthorized colonies in their areas, under the process of regularization.