Builders evade action, home owners face consequences, ET RealEstate

July 5, 2023

LUDHIANA: Despite several claims, the civic body has failed to get regularisation of illegal colonies done under the 2018 policy. In 2019-20, officials claimed that strict action would be taken against developers of unauthorised colonies and warned them about the drive to seal properties.

However, this was not followed up on the ground. A total of 188 unauthorised colonies applied for regularisation from all four zones under MC limits since 2018 but NoCs were issued only to a few while the rest are still under the MC radar.

The civic body has to recover over Rs 14 crore from these developers. An MC official said that they must recover pending dues from these developers, after which their files would be closed. They even tried to get FIRs registered against defaulters, but it did not work. He added that authorities do not get to know which developer has built illegal colonies.

Even if they do get to know and recommend an FIR, there is hardly any follow-up. This makes it easy for such developers to escape legal action, leaving the plot or flat owner to face the consequences. Now, officials again plan to get their properties attached or sealed to recover dues.

Municipal town planner Rajnish Wadhwa said, “We tried to contact developers who did not clear their dues after applying under the regularisation policy but did not get a response. We are not letting any illegal colony surface but we are waiting for government instructions for previous colonies.” Meanwhile, resident of an unauthorised colony at Jassian Road, Rajkumar said, “Earlier, we were unable to shift to our house constructed here in 2022 because we did not get an electricity connection.

Now that we have the connection, there are issues of low voltage, poor water supply and bad roads.” This is the situation faced by many plot holders and residents of illegal colonies as they do not have basic amenities.

Due to denial of electricity connections in such colonies, people were either unable to shift to their newly-built houses or were dependent on kundi connections, which is risky.

New plots are not being regularised while getting NoCs for the old ones is difficult. Electricity connections are being released but since the list is long, it is taking a long time.

  • Published On Jul 5, 2023 at 06:00 PM IST

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