The Punjab Government on Monday exempted holders of all plots and colonies developed before 1995 from getting themselves regularised under the regularisation of illegal colonies scheme.
Besides, the Government also extended the last date for regularising plots and colonies under the scheme to October 25.
This is not all! The State Government, in the absence of receiving good response, has decided that the plot holders and colonisers can still get their plots or houses regularised after October 25, but with a rider, that too up to November 5.
The plot holders and colonisers will have to pay a compounding fee — plot holders will have to pay a compounding fee of 20 per cent and colonisers of 50 per cent.
The decision was taken at a high-level meeting presided over by Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal and attended by Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa, Industry Minister Madan Mohan Mittal, Revenue and Public Relations Minister Bikram Singh Majithia, PWD Minister Sharanjit Singh Dhillon and Local Bodies Minister Anil Joshi besides Chief Parliamentary Secretaries Som Prakash and KD Bhandari.
It was decided after due consultation that the first registered sale deed of the plot would be the basis for charges to be levied under the new
It was decided that anyone who has paid extra charges under the new policy as per the last registry could be eligible for adjustment.
It was also clarified that in case of colonies, the year of sale of 50 per cent area of the colony or 50 per cent number of plots sold would be the basis for establishing the year of the colony. Regularisation charges would be charged on this criterion.
Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister was briefed at the meeting that more than one lakh applications had been received under the scheme.
Approximately, 40 per cent of identified plot holders and 30 per cent of colonizers have applied for regularization of plots or colonies under the scheme.
The government has received more than Rs 125 crore as regularization fee as of now. Sukhbir ordered officers to accept acceptance of forms both manually and online.
This is being done to facilitate people to approach the authorities as they wish. Applicants are now also being given the facility to deposit online also.
Deputy CM also directed that all plot holders in the below poverty line (BPL) category could get their plots regularized free of cost up to 100 square yards.
A detailed survey of illegal colonies in the State earlier had revealed that there were 5340 illegal colonies which had come up on 20,600 acres of land.
Besides, it was also revealed that a number of scattered buildings of all categories had come up without approval in various parts of the State.
In order to bring all these unplanned areas into the fold of planned development and to provide basic amenities and a better quality of life to the public, it was decided to formulate a policy under the Punjab Laws (Special Provisions) Act, 2013, to compound these offences.
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