With the October 7 deadline to apply for regularisation of unapproved properties fast approaching, colonisers are not likely to get any relaxation in regularisation norms formulated by the Punjab government.
During a meeting with colonisers on Friday, secretary, housing and urban development, A Venu Prasad ruled out any relaxation in the norms. A group of colonisers had been called by Prasad at the circuit house to encourage them to apply for regularisation. The secretary also met colonisers at Nawanshahr on his way to Amritsar for a meeting with deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal.
There has been a lukewarm response so far from colonisers across the state, with only 600 of the around 6,000 colonisers having applied so far.
“The policy had been framed after thorough deliberations. Most of the issues raised by colonisers have already been redressed by us and are listed on the FAQ (frequently asked questions) section of our portal (punjabregularization.com),” Prasad said, claiming that the policy was convenient and public welfare-oriented.
Colonisers have sought extension for deadline, while raising issues such as charging on per-acre instead of per-yard basis and simplification of the application form.
“As far as extension of the last date is concerned, it is not on our agenda. We are getting an overwhelming response from plot holders. In the coming three days, we expect that nearly 1.5 lakh plot holders and nearly 6,000 colonisers would apply for regularisation,” he said.
On local bodies minister Anil Joshi's statement that there was no need for regularisation of colonies developed before 1995, Prasad said, “My department will seek a clarification from the minister on this issue and act accordingly. If the pre-1995 condition is implemented, money would be returned to those who have applied.”
“Do not be afraid of the policy. Apply on the prescribed form, attach the site plan, a declaration on an affidavit, and submit the prescribed fee. There is nothing technical in it. You still have three days left,” Prasad told colonisers.
He also asked colonisers to give in writing their objections and required clarifications to the chief administrator, Jalandhar Development Authority (JDA), Jaskiran Singh, who was present on the occasion.
Prasad also directed the JDA and municipal corporation officers, who were also present, to make adequate arrangements for handling the heavy rush of applicants expected till October 7.
Applications received so far
Plot holders: 50,000 (total 2 lakh)
Colonisers: 600 (total 6,000)
Revenue generated: Rs. 100 crore (Rs 1,000 crore expected)
Figures (statewide) are approximate