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Punjab govt takes step to check mushrooming of illegal colonies

Before this, there were no clear instructions from the government which caused these illegal colonies to grow in the outskirts of cities.

Statesman News Service | Chandigarh |

In order to streamline the registration of plots and save the people from property-related frauds, the Punjab government on Wednesday issued instructions to sub-registrars regarding the registration of plots in illegal colonies.

Housing and urban development and local government departments have also been asked to publish lists of authorised colonies along with area details, Khasra numbers, and approved layout plan so that area is clearly defined where no objection certificate (NOC) is required for registration of documents related to sale deed or transfer of rights.

These lists will be readily available to all the sub-registrars and they will register the sale deeds after verifying the status of the colonies as per the instructions issued by the revenue department.

Earlier Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann launched an online portal “https://grcs.punjab.gov.in” wherein citizens can register their grievances related to the possession of plots. This unique online portal would provide property possession-related services in a seamless manner, besides expediting the property possession process.

Before this, there were no clear instructions from the government which caused these illegal colonies to grow in the outskirts of cities. As per the information, there are over 15000 colonies mushroomed in the last five years.
Buyers have been facing difficulties to get the possession of the properties in these illegal colonies where either the allotment letter is issued by the concerned developers or deeds were registered, but they were unable to get the possession of the property due to one or other reasons.

“These illegal colonies are not only resulting in haphazard urbanisation of the state but also causing lots of hardships to the common man,” said Punjab revenue minister Bram Shanker Jimpa.

He said people spent their life savings in purchasing plots and they do not even get possession in these illegal colonies as the colonisers even sell ‘rastas’ or paths in these colonies. These colonies also lack basic amenities like water supply, sewerage, electricity, etc, the minister added.