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Mission on to regularise colonies

From Thursday, the municipal corporation begins its mission of regularising illegal colonies that came up on August 17, 2007, or later.It has clear instructions from the government to go strict on the people who have failed to apply for regularisation of their colonies, houses or plots.

punjab Updated: Sep 05, 2013 14:34 IST
HT Correspondent
Amritsar

From Thursday, the municipal corporation begins its mission of regularising illegal colonies that came up on August 17, 2007, or later.

It has clear instructions from the government to go strict on the people who have failed to apply for regularisation of their colonies, houses or plots. That action will begin in 45 days. The MC's teams will camp at different places in the city for the purpose.

"October 6 is the deadline for getting the unauthorised colonies regularized," municipal commissioner DPS Kharbanda said here on Wednesday. "We have 241 illegal colonies on record in the city, whose residents have a golden chance to get the places authorised," he added.

After three months, a high-powered committee will identify the colonies that remained illegal, and look into the reasons why these were not regularlised. "Defaulters will have their water-supply and sewerage connections cut and be required to submit Rs 5 lakh each as fine, besides facing criminal cases and imprisonment for up to seven years," said Kharbanda.

The colonies can be demolished if not regularised within 45 days, while cases can also be registered against real-estate developers, plot holders and house owners in case of their delay in submitting application. The MC has five teams of nine people each to hold camps in illegal colonies to educate people about the regularization scheme.