The Punjab cabinet on Saturday approved the Policy for regularization of unauthorized Colonies and buildings under the Punjab Laws (Special Provisions) Act-2013. Only those unapproved colonies or the buildings constructed before the April 1, 2013 would be considered under this policy. Disclosing this here today a spokesperson of the Chief Minister’s Office said that this would be a big relief to about 5000 colonies and 2 lakh individuals plot holders or building owners' across the state. The policy focuses on bringing all the unauthorized colonies/ buildings into the planning framework and to regularize the development, which would further facilitate the smooth implementation of the master plans across the state to ensure the entire urban development in a holistic manner. Apart from this, another aim of the policy was to provide the basic civic amenities to the residents of these areas and improve the circulation pattern of the streets/ roads thereby checking the trend of haphazard growth. The said policy would stipulate provisions to compound offences made under the Punjab Regional and Town Planning and Development Act 1995, the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act 1995, the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act 1976, the Punjab Town Improvement Act 1922 and the Punjab Municipal Act 1911. The policy would be applicable for a period of one year i.e. from April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014 in the entire state. Only those unapproved colonies or the buildings constructed before the April 1, 2013 would be considered under this policy.
This would be one time opportunity given by the Government to the colonizers and plot holders to get their offence compounded and regularized and to improve the amenities in these areas. This entire process would be completed by March 31, 2014.The colonizers were required to pay composition fee for compounding their offences, under this policy. The fee would vary from area to area for the colonies developed before and after August 2007. The approximate rates of composition fee vary from Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 15 lakh per acre. Similarly the individual plot/ building owners could come forward for regularization of their plots/ buildings by paying regularization charges which vary from Rs 50 per to Rs 500 per square yard. The money so collected would be used for providing basic amenities in these colonies.