In the absence of clear-cut rules with regard to regularisation of illegal colonies in Punjab, the Punjab and Haryana high court has questioned the policy of the state government under which the regularisation of illegal colonies is being done.
During the resumed hearing of a petition, the high court bench was informed that the state government in order to regularise the illegal colonies had put in place the Punjab Land Special Provisions Act for a year and its validity was over.
Following expiry of the act, the state government had a separate policy for regularising the colonies, which was under the consideration of the high court.
Indicating that the matter may be referred to the full bench considering the importance of the issue, the court adjourned the hearing for a week.
The Punjab government had already put in place the Punjab Land Special Provision Act, 2014, to regularise the colonies on land of PUDA, GMADA, and municipal corporations and councils under one rule.
As per the infor mation submitted before the bench, under the Punjab Land Special Provisions Act, 2014, the state government had received 3,120 applications for regularisation of illegal colonies of which the government had already permitted regularisation of 59 colonies.
The state government had received 1,08,352 applications for regularisation of illegal plots and buildings of which 78,302 had been regularised.
The state government has initiated the process of regularisation of illegal colonies and those who have not applied for it are being issued notices.
The government said strict action such as seven-year-jail term and ` 5 lakh penalty would be imposed on violators.
The government has already issued directions that sale deed, water and electricity connections not be issued to illegal colonies