Illegal Colonies On Rise, Officials Yet To Come Out Of Sleep Mode, ET RealEstate

July 7, 2023

LUDHIANA: At a time when residents are struggling with a variety of issues in illegal colonies developed in areas under the jurisdiction of Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority (Glada), officials are silent about the next course of action against the developers who did not get their colonies regularised.

The maximum number of illegal colonies were identified in areas under Glada’s jurisdiction before the implementation of regularisation policy in 2018, but that hardly made any difference to the inhabitants. The sources said in the coming days there are chances that developers who had applied under the policy might get a final chance to complete their shortcomings in documents and get NOC for the colonies.

In 2018-19, the Greater Ludhiana Area Development Authority had conducted a survey and identified 1,920 illegal colonies in the department’s jurisdiction and another 1,431 colonies in Ludhiana district. In the 2018 policy, the Glada received only 653 applications for regularisation, and only 136 out of them were issued the final NOC.

The colonies being developed illegally after March 19, 2018, are bound to be dismantled. In the past, Glada officials carried out drives to stop illegal construction in the colonies. However, only negligible action was taken like dismantling of electricity poles, roads or sewer connections.

The 2018 policy said in case an application is not submitted by the promoter, RWA, cooperative society for regularisation of unauthorized colony, it will remain illegal and there will be an FIR against the developers. There will be no connection of water supply, sewerage and electricity. There will be no registration of houses in such colonies. No building plan shall be approved by any competent authority. Glada officials had got FIRs against very few developers.

Sources said everything is happening under the nose of authorities, and the officials are intentionally not taking any action so that colonies could come up, and then they can have the option to regularise it.

President of Punjab Colonisers and Property Dealers Association Gurvinder Lamba said, “The public have got no hopes left to get NOCs for their plots. The government is silent about the fate of many people who have invested in these colonies.” He said sometime back, a rough draft for regularization of illegal colonies had come for suggestions, but nothing concrete came out.

Despite repeated attempts, Glada estate officer Randeep Heer did not respond to calls.

  • Published On Jul 6, 2023 at 03:00 PM IST

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