The Punjab government has received applications seeking regularisation of 3,120 illegal colonies in the state of which the state government has granted permission to regularise 59 colonies till date.
The information was revealed before the Punjab and Haryana high court on Thursday by Harnek Singh, chief town planner, Punjab. He informed the court that of 1.08 lakh applications received for regularisaton of unauthorised plots/buildings falling under unauthorised colonies, 78,302 unauthorised plots/buildings had been regularised after receipt of full fees.
The division bench headed by acting chief justice Ashutosh Mohunta was appraised that the remaining applications with regard to unauthorised constructions and colonies were under consideration for want of compliance of necessary documentation and fee deposit.
It was added that the state government had recently written to different development authorities to regularise all those cases of unauthorised plots/buildings wherein 100% fees had been paid and to issue a notice to all others who had not paid 100% fees asking them to make full and final payment within 15 days.
In order to curb the practice of developing unauthorised colonies in future, the state government has taken a decision to impose stringent legal provisions, including imposition of imprisonment up to seven years and/or fine which may extend up to five lakh rupees on conviction of the coloniser of an unauthorised colony. The Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act, 1995, has already been amended to this extent, it was informed.
Also, the electricity and water supply connections, and other basic amenities would not be provided to any of the defaulting colonisers or owners of any unauthorised plot/building by the development authority concerned.
The officer also informed the court that it had also been decided that the sale deeds or any other documents regarding the sale transaction of an unauthorised plot/building would not be registered besides rendering the plots/colonies liable for demolition.
At the same time, enforcement wings of different development authorities are also being strengthened to keep a strict vigil and to curb the manner of development of unauthorised colonies/plots and buildings.
The development took place during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation filed by Sangrur resident Ramesh Kumar highlighting construction of illegal colonies on agricultural land in Sangrur. The case will come up for hearing on December 11.