The Punjab government on Monday exempted plot owners and colonies developed before 1995 from getting regularised under the policy on regularisation of illegal colonies, even as it extended the last date for regularising plots and colonies to October 25.
A decision to this effect was taken at a meeting presided by Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and attended by finance minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa, industry minister Madan Mohan Mittal, revenue and public relations minister Bikram Singh Majithia, public works department (PWD) minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon, local bodies minister Anil Joshi and chief parliamentary secretaries Som Prakash and KD Bhandari.
It was decided after consultation that the first registered sale deed of the plot would be the basis for charges to be levied under the new policy. It was also decided that anyone who has paid extra charges under the new policy as per the last registry could be eligible for adjustment.
It was clarified that in case of colonies, the year of sale of 50% area of the colony or 50% of the plots sold would be the basis for establishing the year of the colony. Regularisation charges would be charged on the basis of this criterion.
It has been decided that after October 25, plot holders and colonisers can still get their plots and houses regularised, but will have to pay a compounding fee. This scheme will be open only till November 5. Plot holders will have to pay a compounding fee of 20% and colonisers, 50%.
Meanwhile, the deputy CM was briefed at the meeting that more than 1 lakh applications had been received under the scheme. About 40% of identified plot holders and 30% of colonisers have applied for regularisation of plots/colonies under the scheme. The government has received more than Rs 125 crore as regularisation fee as of now.
Plot holders in the below poverty line (BPL) category can get their plots up to 100 square yards regularised free of cost.
A statewide survey had revealed that 5,340 illegal colonies had come up on 20,600 acres of land.