The regularisation policy seems like more of revenue collection for state government rather than giving authorisation of illegal properties as in spite of depositing required documents and composition fee applicants are not being given no objection certicates (NOCs).
The delay of Patiala Development Authority (PDA) and Patiala Municipal Corporation (PMC) officials in issuing NOCs have put thousands of applicants in jeopardy as they can take no benefits over their property regularisation.
However, the authorities have publicised regularisation policy among the colonisers and plot holders on large scale but its failure to give NOCs to the applicants in time have raised questions over seriousness of the authorities concerned.
Sources said since its notification from August 21, PMC has not issued a single NOC to any applicant under its jurisdiction, while PDA has given NOCs to nearly 700 applicants.
According to regularisation policy, the authorities shall scrutinise the plot or building of the applicant within 30 days from the date of application and convey the applicant about the demand notice and observations, if any.
Sources added that PDA in total has received 9,700 applications for plot regularisation till date, while it received 280 applications for authorisation of colonies against around 440 illegal colonies identified by the authorities from its zonal districts, including Patiala, Sangrur, Fatehgarh Sahib and Barnala.
Against 26 illegal colonies under MC jurisdiction, 17 colonisers have applied to legalise their colonies, while 1,250 applicants applied for plot regularisation.
With no NOC, applicants can't sale or transfer their properties and can't apply to increase electricity load to get sewerage and water connection.
“I have submitted all documents and composition fee on September 8, but I have not received any NOC or any communiqué from the authorities,” said an applicant BD Joshi.
PMC joint commissioner Nazar Singh said, “They will first scrutinise the documents before giving NOC to avoid hitches.”
“NOCs cannot be given immediately. We will look into the documents and compare them with government records and then will decide whether to give NOC or not,” he added.
PDA's additional chief administrator Preneet Shergill said, “We have initiated the process of issuing NOCs and given it to 7% of total applicants.”
Shergill added that scrutiny of documents of colonisers will be done with the help of revenue department for which they would write to Patiala deputy commissioner to deploy staff from local revenue department.
“We have also written to colonisers, who didn't apply for regularisation, to submit their documents and composition fee before November 15 to avoid any action under Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act (PAPRA),”she said.
The authority concerned shall scrutinise plot and building application within 30 days from the date of application and convey to the applicant about the demand notice along with observations, if any.
The authority shall approve the plot/ building plans within 15 days from the receipt of charges and complete documents, if satisfied.
The authority will also ascertain that the plot and building being regularised does not fall under any category of government or corporation or any public board land.
In case of no NOC
Applicants can't sale or transfer of their properties.
Can't apply to increase electricity load.
Can't avail basic amenities such as sewerage network and water connection.