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Patiala civic body fails to release Rs 4-cr dues to contractors

Flouting all the norms, the colonisers have developed ‘kuccha’ (temporary) roads in around 10 acres of agriculture land without taking approval from the municipal corporation

punjab Updated: Jul 21, 2017 15:58 IST
Navrajdeep Singh
One of the senior officials said following the demolition, the colonisers were asked to present documents pertaining to the permission.
One of the senior officials said following the demolition, the colonisers were asked to present documents pertaining to the permission.(HT File )

Patiala Twenty days after the municipal corporation carried out a demolition drive, private colonisers have again started redeveloping two illegal colonies on the Patiala-Sirhind road.

Flouting all the norms, the colonisers have developed ‘kuccha’ (temporary) roads in around 10 acres of agriculture land without taking approval from the municipal corporation. On June 23, the building branch of the corporation demolished the roads constructed earlier by the colonisers, but failed to install the billboard carrying ‘illegal colony’ information at the site.

After June’s action, MC commissioner Gurpreet Singh Khaira had ordered the town planning and building department of the MC to initiate the process of registering criminal cases against the colonisers for violating the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act (PAPRA).

One of the senior officials said following the demolition, the colonisers were asked to present documents pertaining to the permission before carving out a colony, but they have failed to show any mandatory documents so far.

Under the PAPRA, colonisers have to seek permission from the appellate authority before establishing a colony. It is mandatory for a coloniser to undergo certain formalities, including depositing adequate fee, submitting illustrations, a proposal and undertaking to the appellate authority. The authority then passes the agenda and sends the same to the state government for approval.

The initial development at the site included the construction of ‘kuccha’ (temporary) roads on four acres of agriculture land behind Kamal Colony and over seven acres of land at the backside of Aman Bagh.

Assistant town planner (ATP) Naresh Gupta said they had earlier stopped the development work at the site, but has no knowledge of restarting of the work.

“The inspection team will be rushed to the spot to immediately stop illegal activities in the area. Moreover, the matter will be brought to the notice of MC commissioner,” he said.

An official added that both the colonies were illegal as colonisers failed to show any documents, related to mandatory permission to be taken before carrying out such activities.

Khaira could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.