Regularisation of illegal colonies scheme

The Government of Punjab has in a very effective way brought relief to the residents of such colonies that were unauthorised. The scheme that lets regularisation of such colonies will also help the people of such areas receive basic amenities that were deprived off.

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Punjab government has taken into consideration the various unauthorised colonies that fall in the state for the betterment of the people living in such colonies whether individual owners or colonisers. The government has notified people of the state that a special provision in the Punjab laws has been enacted to provide people, residing in these areas with basic facilities.

The policy aims to bring all the illegal colonies and buildings in the state under planning framework. This would enable development in these areas, would make it easier for the resident of the places to attain basic services from the government and would improve the circulation patter of the streets.

Initially the date for submitting the applications was October 25, 2013 which was further extended to April 27, 2015 at first. Later on the date was extended by the government to February 5, 2016.

The so termed golden chance for regularising the unauthorised colonies that were constructed before April 1, 2013 is the last chance for all the owners of such plots or colonies. The residents of such areas thank the government for the policy. They believe that the initiative taken up by the government will help them get basic facilities in their locality.

The colonies that were constructed after August 2007 had to pay composition fee of 2 per cent of collector rate which could be a minimum of Rs. 1 lakh and a maximum of Rs. 5 lakh.

For the colonies constructed before August 17, 2007 the fee composition fee would be 0.5 per cent of the collector rate as on April 1, 2013. This would amount to a minimum of Rs. 25000 or a maximum of Rs. 1 lakh per acre.

The fee can be deposited in lump sum or in instalments however the government has decided to grant a rebate of 5% on lump sum payment.

In the initial stage the policy was started for a year that would be from April 17, 2013 to April 16, 2014. The government when received applicants more than expected, they decided to extend the time period. The colonies established under the rural areas are also to be covered in the scheme.

However, only the plots or buildings that fall under any unauthorised colony shall be regularised. Not otherwise. According to government statistics in 2013 there were around 5,500 illegal colonies.

These colonies that have cost the government huge amount of money are now being turned into regular lands. The government has looked at the scheme as a bilateral process. The people who lived in unauthorised colonies are now stepping into a safe future with regularisation of their land and the government which lost money when people occupied the lands in such a manner will get large amount of money through the process of regularisation.

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