Punjab Colonisers' and Property Dealers' Association held a state-level meeting at Guru Nanak Dev Bhawan on Saturday. The association organised the meeting to plan its future strategy to tackle the increasing pressure of government on illegal colonies.
During the meeting, which was attended by colonisers from across the state, it was decided that if government did not start the process of regularisation of illegal colonies on Delhi's pattern, a state-level agitation will be initiated after July 15, and protests would be held outside the registrar offices across the state.
Association president Kultar Singh Jogi said, "The government should regularise illegal colonies on the pattern of Delhi. Also police cases against the colonisers should be abolished. If the government does not accept our demands, we will start agitations outside the registrar offices and stall registration work."
He said, "Following government directions, Greater Ludhiana Area development Authority (GLADA) had served notices to 1,007 illegal colonies in Ludhiana. Due to such steps, pressure has been building on colonisers, leading them to demand regularisation."
"As the land registration work of illegal colonies has been stalled, the government is also facing revenue losses. Besides, people, who purchased land in these colonies, are also being harassed," added Jogi.
When asked about the government's stance on the issue, PWD minister Sharanjeet Singh Dhillon said, "Steps would be taken in accordance with the law. As the deputy chief minister is not in the state, solution can be found only after he returns. In any case, people will not be uprooted."
The association members also demanded that a single window system be set up for approval of colonies, maps of new colonies be approved within a month and laws for PUDA's approval be simplified.