HC to Punjab: Formulate law to demolish illegal colonies

Concerned about the mushrooming unauthorised colonies in Punjab,the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday directed the state government to come up with a law to demolish such illegal structures.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:July 21, 2012 2:31 am

Concerned about the mushrooming unauthorised colonies in Punjab,the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday directed the state government to come up with a law to demolish such illegal structures.

Taking strong exception to the fact that rather than demolishing such colonies,the state had been regularising them,the court gave the Punjab government two months’ time to decide in this regard. It also directed Punjab government to immediately stop illegal and unauthorized constructions in the state.

The directions were passed,on Friday,by a division bench during the resumed hearing of a PIL filed by one Ramesh Kumar,resident of Khanoria,Sangrur.

Kumar had moved the court alleging that there are nearly a dozen unauthorised colonies in Khanoria. The state government,in its status report filed earlier,had conceded as much,but had expressed “helplessness” in demolishing them on the ground that there was no such provision in the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act,1995. The state can only register FIRs against the unauthorised colonies under Section 36 of the Act.

Keeping in view the government’s contention,the court also directed the concerned Sub-Divisional Magistrates (SDMs) to take immediate and stern action against unauthorised colonies. The SDMs will take action in cases where the land,where colony has been constructed unauthorisedly,does not fall in the purview of Municipal Corporation. Moreover,the Municipal Corporations have been directed to proceed against the unauthorised colonies.

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