LUDHIANA: The new policy of the Punjab government to regularize illegal colonies in the state has triggered a debate among residents and the municipal corporation. Residents are confused about being asked to get their properties registered after so long.
According to the policy and Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority reports, there are 280 illegal colonies in MC limits, which have about 150 houses each. According to the new policy, in the absence of colonizers, everything was being controlled by zamindars, who kept selling properties without registering them. The problem arose when the MC ordered regularization of all those properties and colonies.Under the Policy for compounding or regularization of unauthorized colonies and buildings under the Punjab Laws (Special Provisions) Act-2013, residents of all houses in illegal colonies which were built before 2007 would have to pay money according to the measurements of the property and colony. If a property is built before 2007, the property holder will have to pay at the rate of Rs 250 per square yard and the developer will have to pay Rs 2.5 lakh per acre. If the property is built after 2007, the property holder in the illegal colony will have to pay Rs 500 per square yard and the developer will have to pay Rs 15 lakh per acre.
The policy focuses on bringing unauthorized colonies and buildings into the planning framework and regularizing development to facilitate smooth implementation of master plans in the state for holistic urban development. Another aim of the policy is to provide basic civic amenities to residents and improve the circulation pattern of the streets and roads.