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Govt agrees to reduce regularisation rates of unapproved colonies

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, July 24, 2013
First Published: 19:29 IST(24/7/2013) | Last Updated: 19:30 IST(24/7/2013)

The government have, in principle, agreed to reduce the regularisation rates of unapproved colonies and simplifying the approval process. The extent up to which the rates would be reduced was kept pending.

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A delegation comprising 25 members from the Punjab Colonisers and Property Dealer Association met ministers Bikram Singh Majithia, Sharanjeet Singh Dhillon and Anil Joshi; chief parliamentary secretaries Som Parkash and KD Bhandari; MLAs Pargat Singh and Balwinder Singh Bains on Tuesday and discussed aspects of the newly-introduced policy to regularise unapproved colonies.
 
The state government has reportedly agreed to provide relief to the dealers. The meeting lasted three hours. "The government has agreed to some of our demands on lowering the approval charges. On other demands involving financial related matters, the committee has sought 10 days," said the president of the association Kultar Singh Jogi.
 
"The committee has agreed to consider sale-agreement deeds. Regarding overlapping of zones, they have decided to redefine the boundary limits," said Jogi.

"It was also decided that 10% of payment of approval of charges would be paid along with the application seeking approval.  Dealers have to pay 15% at the time of granting approval and the rest can be paid in installments," he said.

The committee has also decided to increase zones from four to six, after considering it with officials of finance department, Jogi added.

The Punjab government had recently approved a long-pending demand of colonisers to regularise unauthorised colonies. The government has also made it clear that it would be the last chance for the colonisers and individual plot holders to regularise their unauthorised structures by paying between Rs. 1.20 lakh to Rs. 15 lakh per acre as regularisation charges, depending upon the area in which the colonies were set up between 1995 till before April 1, 2013.

The colonisers and property dealers have been on a warpath against the policy. There have been protests across the state on the issue.

Even the government's alliance partner, the BJP had dissented and objected to certain clauses in the policy.

"The meeting ended on a very constructive note. We are hopeful that the core committee formed by deputy chief minister will discuss the issues raised by the colonisers and property dealers. Soon, another meeting will be held between the colonisers and the property dealers, before giving final shape to the policy," chief parliamentary secretary for local bodies Som Parkash said.

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