Mullanpur mess: Submit action taken report, HC tells Punjab

Illegal construction: Plots were carved out of agriculture land in Mullanpur’s periphery.

punjab Updated: Feb 11, 2018 11:24 IST
Surender Sharma
Surender Sharma
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Mullanpur,Punjab and Haryana high court,Punjab
The high court was hearing a petition by one Jaideep Singh, filed in February 2017, wherein it was alleged that three builders were trying to carve out and sell illegal colonies.(Representative image )

The Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the Punjab government to apprise the court of action it took against builders and villagers, who illegally sold plots carved out of agricultural land and raised structures in villages located in Mullanpur’s periphery, adjacent to PGIMER, Chandigarh.

The high court bench of justice AK Mittal and justice Anupinder Singh Grewal also sought a report on Seonkh, Nada, Karoran, Percah villages and Majri block in Rupnagar, all in Mullanpur area, by February end.

The high court was hearing a petition by one Jaideep Singh, filed in February 2017, wherein it was alleged that three builders were trying to carve out and sell illegal colonies in Seonkh village without permission under the Environment Protection Act and Punjab New Capital (Periphery) Control Act.

The developer started selling residential plots in an area of 2.5 acres at Parchh village, adjacent to Seonkh village, the court was told.

It was alleged that neither was a colonisation licence acquired nor external development charges (EDC) deposited. Thus, cheating the government of crores, the court was told.

As per Punjab rules, agriculture land can be used only for agriculture, but farmers can set up kacha structures or tubewells. Farmhouses are allowed only on land over 2.5 acres. Using this land for residential building requires change of land use.

In May 2017, the high court had directed the PSPCL to share data of power connections granted in these areas.

In the case of Seonkh village, it was alleged that the builder owned over 20 acres here, where he carved out residential plots ranging between 100 square yards and 2 kanal, about 200m from the Chandigarh boundary on the link road from Chandigarh to Seonkh and Jayanti Majri.

The developer also started selling residential plots in an area of 2.5 acres at Parchh village, adjacent to Seonkh village, the court was told.

It was argued before the court that these illegal colonies affected future planning of planned urban areas. It was also argued that those going for these plots were from middle and lower middle-class families, and were being fooled, as the illegal structures on these plots could be demolished by state authorities any day.

First Published: Feb 11, 2018 11:24 IST