To provide relief to the unauthorised plot-holders and illegal colonies, the Punjab government has decided to issue an amended notification on October 27 for the regularisation of these in the next three months.
On a plea submitted by the colonisers, Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Saturday asked the housing and urban development department to issue a fresh notification under the Punjab Apartment and Properties Regularisation Act (PAPRA), 1995, for plot-holders and colonisers who could not get an opportunity to get their plots and colonies regularised in the given time-frame.
He also directed all deputy commissioners and development authorities to launch a sustained campaign to get all illegal colonies and plots regularised and complete this job as a “mission”.
The deputy chief minister said the state government had come up with a public-friendly policy that allowed colonisers having unathorised colonies to get their offences compounded and plot-owners to get their tenements regularised by paying a nominal fee.
Saying it would be a golden chance for regularisation of properties, Sukhbir directed the housing development and all development authorities to initiate the process of accepting applications from the next week and decide it within one month.
The deputy chief minister asked the housing secretary to draft an ordinance to amend the PAPRA to give relief to unauthorised plot-holders and colonies in the state.
Stressing the need for a hassle-free process and pro-active public-friendly approach, Sukhbir said it was the duty of the deputy commissioners to ensure that the general public was not harassed and was given total cooperation in this task.
He asked chief administrators of all development authorities to monitor the regularisation process and submit weekly reports to the government.