Illegal colonies within the periphery of Chandigarh,spread across 16 km radius from the city,will not be regularised. Over 3,000 illegal colonies all over Punjab,however,will be.
While the decision of the Department of Housing and Urban Development has brought cheers to more than 8 lakh people residing in illegal colonies across the state,it will not be applicable on the periphery of Chandigarh since it come under the Chandigarh Periphery Control Act.
With this,thousands of residents living in hundreds of illegal colonies in different parts of the periphery,especially Zirakpur,Kharar and Nayagaon areas,will continue to remain occupants of illegal properties,on which they have invested heavily.
Disclosing this today,Secretary,Housing and Urban Development,Dr Sukhbir Singh Sandhu,said the Punjab Council of Ministers has given in-principle approval to the decision taken on the recommendation of a committee headed by chief administrator,PUDA,comprising chief administrator,GMADA,and chief town planner as members to prepare a policy for compounding the unauthorised colonies in the state under rule-38 (Prosecution and Composition of Offences) of the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act (PAPRA),1995.
While deciding the norms and compounding charges for regularisation,the committee has focused on possession of minimum required basic amenities with each illegal colony and ensured that development of more unauthorised colonies shall not be encouraged and the tendency be curbed so that prospective promoters go for licensing.
The committee had proposed to regularise the colonies developed before August 17,2007,when external development charges,license fee,change of land use (CLU),had been revised.
In addition to other conditions,which were being framed,the promoter/colony will be required to fulfill all the applicable norms.
According to the policy,residents/investors of illegal colonies were technically guilty of abetting an offence and the composition fee will be charged from them so that they may not face prosecution.
However,a promoter will be made to pay all pecuniary amounts,which will cumulatively be at least twice than what he would have paid,had he developed a licensed colony in the first place,said Sandhu.