Squatters on land near Central Business District in Sector 62 to get plots today
Mohali’s posh Sector 69 will soon be free of slums if the Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) has its way.
On Tuesday,GMADA will allot plots to the squatters,who have taken over prime land facing Central Business District in Sector 62,through a draw of lots,GMADA Chief Administrator Vivek Partap Singh told Newsline.
The plots will be allotted along the Mataur village in Sector 71 as per the rehabilitation scheme under which allottees will be bound to vacate the land in Sector 62 within three months. Except the residential plots measuring 300 square yards,all eligible claimants will be allotted plots,said Singh.
Last September,the GMADA had cleared the citys oldest slum Jhota Kut Colony in Sector 71.
In 2000,Lambian village was acquired for developing Sector 62 and 69 but since then most of the oustees had been illegally occupying a prime chunk of land in Sector 69. Though a rehabilitation scheme was approved by Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) in February 2001, it could not materialise due to discrepancies found in the claims of the oustees.
Finally,in June 2008,GMADA decided in-principle to approve the rehabilitation scheme.
According to the decision,each original landholder of Lambian would be allotted a plot on the basis of the quantum of land possessed. However,the minimum size of residential plot to be allotted would be 2 marla,irrespective of the landholding.
The oustees would be charged Rs 1,000 per square yard up to 50 square yards and Rs 1,500 per square yards for plots above 50 square yards. While 25 per cent of the total amount would have to be paid initially (based on which allotment letters would be issued),the balance would be payable in four equated yearly instalments.
The rate of interest would be 8 per cent per annum.
In case of commercial plots,one booth site of 8×12 feet would be allotted to each landowner having total land under commercial use at the rate of Rs 6,000 per square yard to be paid as per residential category terms and conditions.