Taking charge of his new office on Tuesday, Punjab local bodies minister Anil Joshi warned colonisers against ongoing illegal constructions across the state.
"We will take action against all such illegal colonies under construction," he said, assuring mediapersons present on the occasion that any complaint related to illegally upcoming colonies would be probed and the government would take action against culprits.
In response to a query on the delay in probing the reportedly illegal construction of Amazon Towers at Sunny Enclave in Kharar, near here, Joshi said he would look into the matter for an early outcome of the inquiry.
Hindustan Times had reported the matter on August 22, following which a probe into reported construction of Amazon Towers on encroached land without valid approval of the local authorities was assigned to a senior official of the rank of deputy director in the local government department.
The minister said he had directed officers of his department to immediately clear cases of change in land use (CLU) and pending building plans in local bodies across the state.
Joshi said he would visit various cities of the state and hold public camps to look into the problems being faced by the local government authorities and the public.
Such camps would be held in Amritsar and Ludhiana, where the local bodies department would resolve cases on October 26 and November 7, respectively.
He said instructions were issued to the authorities concerned to provide CLU and approval for building plans within the stipulated time.