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Few takers for regularisation of city’s unauthorised colonies

A majority of builders failed to apply for regularisation of colonies during the second phase of the collection of charges for the purpose.

punjab Updated: Feb 03, 2015 23:48 IST
Hashraj Singh
Hashraj Singh
Hindustan Times
Ludhiana,Municipal corporation,Greater ludhiana Area Development

A majority of builders failed to apply for regularisation of colonies during the second phase of the collection of charges for the purpose.

The municipal corporation (MC) and Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (GLADA) have collected around Rs 34 crore from owners of various unauthorised properties since October last year.

During the first phase in 2013, a majority of the owners of the unauthorised properties and colonisers of unauthorised colonies had not applied for regularisation. In October last year, the state government had given time till January 27 for regularisation, but now the deadline has been extended for another three months till April.

While the colonisers have been opposing the current policy of regularisation, the residents of these colonies are still waiting for basic amenities, including water supply, sewerage system, roads and streetlights.

They claimed the colonisers are not taking the issues seriously.

No application from colonies under MC

None of the colonisers from the colonies under the MC have applied for regularisation since October till now.

There were 328 unauthorised colonies under jurisdiction of the MC, but the applications from only 108 colonies were received for regularisation after introduction of the regularisation policy in 2013.

During the second phase for collection of charges for regularisation from October last year to January this year, the MC had received around Rs 11 crore from the owners of nearly 7,500 properties, but it has not got any application for regularisation of the remaining 220 colonies from colonisers.

During the first phase in 2013, the MC had collected Rs 56 crore as regularisation charges from around 24,000 unauthorised properties. Sources said owners of more than 50% unauthorised properties in the areas under the MC jurisdiction have not still applied for regularisation.

MC superintendent-cum-nodal officer for regularisation of properties Rajeev Saggar said, “We are not getting any response from the colonisers as none of colonisers have applied in the last three months. However, the government has extended the deadline till April 27.”

GLADA facing Similar situation

The situation is almost similar in GLADA as the majority of colonisers failed to apply for regularisation of the colonies. GLADA had identified around 2,000 unauthorised colonies, but the colonisers are not paying any interest for regularisation. GLADA received applications from only around 20 colonies for regularisation.

GLADA executive engineer Gurdev Singh said, “We got about 12,500 applications for regularisation of properties in different areas and collected Rs 23 crore in the last three months.” As the deadline has been extended, it is expected that around 6,000 more property owners might come up to apply for regularisation, he said.

Ramesh Kumar, a resident of an unauthorised colony on the Dhandra Road, said, “The colonisers should apply for authorisation of the colonies so that we get basic facilities at the earliest.

Moreover, the government should provide facilities to those who have already paid the regularisation fee.”

President of the Punjab Colonisers and Property Dealers Association Kultar Singh Jogi said, “The government should make the policy easy and it should bring a formula to collect nominal development charges at the tehsil level so that the residents should not suffer.”

“We are not in favour of the current regularisation policy of the government. When the colonies were being constructed, the officials concerned had not stopped any activity at the unauthorised colonies. Now, the government’s policy on regularisation has increased our problems.”

MC superintendent Rajeev Saggar said, “The government will take the next decision after collecting regularization charges from the residents. It is also required for colonizers to pay the regularization charges.”

First Published: Feb 03, 2015 23:43 IST