Advocating 'stern action', deputy chief minister Sukhbir Badal on Friday instructed the department concerned to initiate legal proceedings against those who fail to get their properties in illegal colonies regularised by the end of the grace period.
"We have given a lot of opportunities to the plot holders and colonisers to get their properties approved under the policy for regularisation of illegal colonies, but if they still fail to do the needful in the grace period, legal action against them is imminent," Badal told HT.
Giving details of the policy he said, "If a plot holder applies for a no objection certificate (NOC) within 15 days, he will have to pay 10% penalty on the mandatory fee, and during next 15 days, they can apply with a 20% penalty. For colonisers, the penalty is 25%, he added.
"After the expiry of this period, FIRs would be registered against the defaulters," he said.
He claimed that the scheme had received a good response in Ludhiana, where more than Rs 100 crore had been recovered from plot holders and colonisers so far, and the amount would be allotted for development projects in the area.
"We have informed the revenue officials that from now onwards, NOC is mandatory for registering plots in illegal colonies," he said, adding that the government aimed to put a complete ban on sale and purchase of plots owned by defaulters.
Earlier, the state government had extended the deadline thrice and the last deadline expired on November 5.
Sukhbir claimed that as many as four sitting MLAs of Congress were in touch with him and would join the Shiromani Akali Dal before the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.
Asked about the identity of these Congress MLAs, he said, "I cannot reveal the identity of the MLAs at this juncture, but we will definitely give results on this soon."
Replying to a query regarding the alert issued by Intelligence Bureau in relation to National Democratic Alliance's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Badal said IB "routinely" issued alerts, but there was "no threat" to Modi in the state.
Adampur to get a domestic airport
Sukhbir Badal announced that a new domestic airport would be established at Adampur to serve the Doaba region, especially for the convenience of non-resident Indians (NRIs). "The new airport would prove a boon for the whole region, as it would facilitate businessmen and traders, as well as the NRIs of Doaba region," he added.
Addressing a rally at Jamsher near here after laying the foundation stones of various development works in the city, Badal said the Punjab government had prepared the blueprint for the new airport and he was in constant touch with the union ministry for civil aviation.