After a standoff of almost two months, the state government has finally issued the notification to the local authorities for regularisation of illegal colonies and plots under them.
The decision, that has come ahead of the assembly elections in the state, will be applicable only for one month, from December 15 to January 15. After January 15, the local authorities will charge 3 times of the compounding charge for six months after which the development charges will be raised by 15% for another six months.
The policy for regularisation of plots and colonies has been framed twice in the past in 2013 and 2014.
Meanwhile, new applications only cover the unauthorised colonies that were developed before April 1, 2013.
The notification issued by the state government has categorised unauthorised colonies in three categories: where more than 65% of the area is sold and built up, where 35% to 65% of the area is sold and built up and also where less than 35% of the area is sold or built up.
COMPOSITION FEE SET
The composition for unauthorised colonies that were established before August 17, 2007 will be the minimum of Rs 50,000 and a maximum of Rs 2 lakh per acre.
Meanwhile, the colonies established after August 17, 2007 will be minimum of Rs 5 lakh and maximum of Rs 10 lakh per acre.
The notification further states that the fee for the unauthorised colonies to be charged by developers shall be on the per square yard basis, which will be multiplied by 4840 and then by certain percentage of the collector rate as the case may be in the respective year and also depending on the area that the colony covers.
It is to be mentioned that the policy does not cover unauthorised marriage palaces for which the government has already notified a separate policy.
Under the last scheme, the MCJ had received around 3,700 applications for plot regularisation and 199 for colonies out of which 3,500 applications were disposed of by the civic body. Also, it had generated revenue of ₹64 crore through the policy.
As per the records of the MCJ, there are a total of 326 unauthorised colonies in the city.
GOVT SHOULD HAVE GIVEN 6 MONTHS: COLONISERS
Though colonisers and plot holders here have welcomed the policy as it will give relief to many plot holders and colonisers, they are not happy with the applicability period of the policy, which is one month.
Bhupinder Singh Bhinda, district unit president of the Punjab Colonisers and Property Dealers Association, said that the time set by the government is very less and it will be difficult for the colonisers and plot holders to arrange funds at the time when there is cash crunch in the market.
“The policy is not very feasible for the NRI’s (non-resident Indians) as they require more time,” said Bhinda.
Colonisers have also complained that the government did not address their demand of providing onetime settlement policy for illegal buildings demanded earlier by them.
Besides, the colonisers and plot holders had also demanded covering the colonies developed till March 31in the purview of the regularisation policy.