In the poll season, the SAD-BJP government in Punjab looks in an appease-all mode. The government is contemplating to give one more chance to the illegal colonies, owners of dwelling units, plots and commercial units in these colonies, to get the properties regularised. The scheme had been offered twice in the past, in 2013 and 2014.
The scheme shall be is applicable for the colonies falling under the jurisdiction of six subsidiaries of Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA), in Mohali, Ludhiana, Amritsar, Patiala, Bathinda and Jalandhar and the municipal corporations of the state.
The state government plans to bring in an ordinance soon to amend ‘The Punjab Laws (special provisions) Act’, so that a chance be given for regularisation of the properties. “The matter has been sent to legal remembrance for clearance,” said principal secretary, housing, Vishavjeet Khanna.
The proposal to bring an ordinance was cleared in the last cabinet meeting and it will get nod from legislative assembly when the session begins from September 15.
In similar chances given by the government in the past, 10,154 illegal colonies applied for regularisation of which 936 cases were disposed of and the remaining are under process.
Also, 4.29-lakh owners of plots and houses applied for regularisation, of which 2.93lakh applications have been cleared. The state government earned `777 crore in regularisation fee.
“As an estimate by the housing department, there are about 10,000 colonies that still have not applied for regularisation. So, we want to bring them under the cover,” said a senior PUDA officer. He said the government offer for regularisation had come in October 2014 and before that in 2013. The housing department and PUDA again started getting requests to extend the offer, after which the government decided to offer one more chance.
After the ordinance for amendment in the Act and its notification likely this month, the government is expected to give three months for illegal colony and plot-owners to apply for regularisation. “We have sufficient time before elections to take their applications which will be processed even after the assembly polls scheduled for February/March 2017 are over,” said the officer.
SOME PROMOTERS NOT SHOWING UP
Sources in the housing department said promoters of some of the illegal colonies are not coming forward.
“In case of some colonies developed long ago, the promoters have disposed of all properties. As they have no role now, they are not coming forward for regularisation. Our efforts is also to motivate them to pay the compounding fee and get their colonies regularised,” said a housing department officer.
Regularisation in the past
Rs 777 crore govt earnings from regularisation charges paid in the past by plot and dwelling unit owners
3,356 cases for regularisation of colonies came from municipal corporations
1,602 cases from Jalandhar
1,540 cases from Ludhiana
10,154 illegal colonies applied for regularisation (same number of colonies still illegal in state)
4.29 lakh individual plot-owners applied
2.93 lakh Individual cases cleared