Civic Officials Mull Ots Scheme For Illegal Buildings In Mc Limits, ET RealEstate

October 22, 2023

LUDHIANA: MC officials in the city are expecting a one-time settlement (OTS) policy for regularisation of illegal buildings similar to the one that has been notified in areas falling outside municipal corporation limits (within Glada jurisdiction).

Due to the upcoming municipal corporation elections, it is expected that such policy will be introduced soon. However, the demand for an OTS policy has raised eyebrows of city activists, who have blamed the government for encouraging the violators by considering such a step.

An MC official claimed that if the policy was notified now, then most of the illegal buildings would be regularised. He said there was no clarity about the exact number of such buildings in the city as no survey had been conducted, but the building inspectors are told to compile lists of illegal buildings in their respective areas and this would give them a chance to create a database.

The one-time settlement scheme was earlier notified in March 2019 and was only for regularisation of structures constructed on or before June 30, 2018.

For residential buildings, composition fee was Rs 300 per square feet of total non-compoundable area on all floors and for commercial buildings composition fee was Rs 1,000 per square feet of total non-compoundable area on all floors was decided.

Residents were given three months to apply and they were supposed to make necessary fire safety, structural safety and parking arrangements in two months from the date of submission. However, under this policy not many people had come forward for the same and it was also challenged in the Punjab and Haryana high court.

The other attempts were also made to implement one-time settlement policy for illegal buildings in 2021-22, but due to some legal issues it could not be implemented.

Resident of BRS Nagar Kapil Arora said the state government, rather than taking strict action against the local authorities concerned for not stopping illegal buildings, was promoting the violators by bringing such policies. He said such policies conveyed wrong message and discouraged law-abiding citizens. “It further motivates the violators/building mafia to continue to violate the rule of law”.

Municipal commissioner Sandeep Rishi said, “The one-time settlement policy for illegal buildings falling under municipal corporation limits is under final clearance and very shortly it will be notified.”

De-sealing of buildings with MC chief signatures

After a number of complaints against MC building branch officials for opening the sealed buildings under political pressure, the MC commissioner has issued orders that before breaking seal of any such building they would have to take his approval.

  • Published On Oct 22, 2023 at 05:30 PM IST

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