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Posted at: Jun 15, 2019, 7:25 AM; last updated: Jun 15, 2019, 7:25 AM (IST)REGULARISATION OF ILLEGAL COLONIES

Civic body to serve notices on colonisers

Tribune News Service
Patiala, June 14

The Patiala Municipal Corporation (MC) has commenced identification process of illegal colonies and colonisers who have yet not applied for regularisation.

Officials said such colonisers would be sent notices and directed to furnish applications for regularisation after the deadline ends on June 30.

As per the policy notified by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in October 2018, colonisers who had illegally developed colonies before March 19, 2018, were given four months (October 2018-February 2019) to apply for regularisation. 

The policy mentioned that colonisers would get three months extra to apply for regularisation by paying 20 per cent additional composition fee after expiry period of four months. Later, the department extended the base time available for submitting applications 

to June 30.

The competent authorities have rights to register criminal case or take necessary action against a promoter who fails to apply for regularisation.

Gurpreet Singh Khaira, Commissioner, Patiala MC said, “The civic body officials have started identifying the colonies and colonisers who have not submitted applications for regularisation. 

He said, “We will send notices to colonisers for regularisation. They will be directed to apply as per the provisions of the policy.”

Insiders said land of many colonies passed by the Patiala Urban Planning and Development Authority (PDA) to the MC through transfer has been silently incorporated in 85 illegal colonies.

“Such colonies have not been identified as separate. It has led to loss of revenue for the state government,” said an employee of the MC.

The civic body has started identifying illegall colonies which came into existence before March 19, 2018 on the basis of applications received for regularisation of plots in such colonies. The location of the plots was used to identify the location and development of respective colonies but the process remained shelved after former Joint Commissioner (JC) Ankur Mahendru was transferred.

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