Greater Mohali development authority seeks FIR against illegal colonisers

  • Shailee Dogra, Hindustan Times, SAS Nagar
  • Updated: Feb 23, 2016 15:14 IST
As per police records, in the past five years, 284 cases of property fraud have been registered in SAS Nagar. (HT PHOTO)

: Planning to buy property in SAS N gar, especially in Kharar? Crosscheck with the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) before you pay the money, as it has recommended registration of first information report against 20 such colonisers selling plots.

In the wake of complaints against illegal colonisers duping people of their hard-earned money, GMADA has written to the SAS Nagar senior superintendent of police (SSP) to register a case against them under Section 36( 1) of the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act. “The action aims at saving people who are duped by such colonisers of lakhs of rupees for purchasing land in such colonies,” said GMADA chief administrator AK Sinha.

As per police records, in the past five years, 284 cases of property fraud have been registered in SAS Nagar. Of these, 59 were reported in 2015 and 66 a year earlier. This year, so far, around 25 such cases have been registered.

Sources in GMADA said most of these suspects are private landholders, who in order to cash in on the demand for plots, sell plots or set up colonies without taking approval from the authority.

“Before buying any plot or apartment, the buyer should seek a copy of the licence issued by GMADA to the coloniser along with the copy of the no objection certificate with the layout plans of the colony,” said AK Sinha. Sources in GMADA said many colonisers are issuing advertisements on the basis of the promoter registration, which is illegal. For the benefit of prospective buyers, GMADA has uploaded a list of such illegal colonisers on their website, which can be accessed before buying a plot.

SAS Nagar SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said: “Whenever we get a list of illegal colonisers through GMADA, action is taken as per the legal provisions, which include the registration of a case.

As per the provisions of the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act, a land measuring 1,000 square-metre or above cannot be divided into plots for residential, commercial or industrial purposes without obtaining a licence from GMADA or if the promoter is not having a valid registration certificate. Also, the layout plan of the proposed colony has to be approved by GMADA.

If any person erects or re-erects any building or develops a colony against the provisions of the legislation, he or she is liable to be punished with imprisonment for a period of three years, which is extendable to seven years, along with fine of ` 2 lakh, extendable to ` 5 lakh, or both.

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