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Posted at: Jul 24, 2019, 8:00 AM; last updated: Jul 24, 2019, 8:00 AM (IST)EXTENSION OF POLICY FOR REGULARISATION OF ILLEGAL COLONIES

Confusion about last date

Confusion about last date

Kuldip Bhatia
Ludhiana, July 23

Bowing to the demands of the Punjab Colonisers and Property Dealers Association (PCPDA) and other stakeholders, the Punjab Government has further extended the date for submission of applications for regularisation of illegal/unlicensed colonies. 

However, there is a bit of confusion about the last date for filing applications. While the officials say the policy has been extended for another two months, August 31, the developers maintain that it is October 31, as per an announcement made by the Punjab Housing and Urban Development Minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria at a meeting with functionaries of the PCPDA in Chandigarh on July 16.

The earlier policy, notified by the state government on October 18, 2018, for a period of four months, and subsequently extended for another four months, had lapsed on June 30. Since there was not much response from the colonisers to this policy, there was an increasing demand for another extension with simplified, practical and viable policy

General secretary of PCPDA GS Lamba, who was present at the meeting convened by Sarkaria to discuss the issues raised by the developers in respect to the previous policy, said directions had now been issued to all area development authorities for waiver of interest and penal interest on licence fee and other charges already deposited by the colonisers under previous policies. 

Similarly, the area development authorities would now hold weekly camps to facilitate submission of applications by developers for regularisation of unlicensed colonies as well as plot and property holders to get their properties located in illegal colonies compounded as provided in the policy. 

“The demand put forth by the stakeholders to allow plot and property holders to get their plots and buildings compounded on payment of the stipulated charges and proof of payment to be considered as NOC has also been accepted,” he added.

Lamba said while some issues of unlicensed colonies related to enforcement of the RERA Act were yet to be sorted out with the RERA authorities, the minister had given an assurance that the government had conceded the demand that there should be no harassment of criminal proceedings against developers who had paid composition fee in full for regularisation of their unauthorised colonies.

Some other provisions made in the policy like 15 per cent annual hike in composition fee for colonies, exemption for fire safety NOC, upgrade of software and separate building bylaws for small regularised commercial plots, which were considered as deterrents by the developers, would also be sorted out soon to make sure that maximum number of developers could take benefit from the extension of regularisation policy.

Extension till Aug 31, says GLADA

The GLADA Chief Administrator, PS Gill, confirmed that as per the letter received from the government, the policy had been extended till August 31, 2019. “If the date is further extended as claimed by the developers, GLADA would act accordingly,” he said.


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