Chandigarh, Oct 3: In a bid to check the mushrooming growth of unplanned and haphazard constructions across the state, the Punjab Cabinet on Wednesday approved a policy for regularisation of unauthorised colonies, developed before March 19, 2018.
The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh, here.
It will provide an opportunity to the residents, who have failed to apply for either getting their colonies regularised or un-authorised plots/buildings falling in un-authorised colonies compounded under previous policies, or whose applications are pending.
Stringent action would be taken against the residents of a colony, which comes up after the cut-off date of March 19, 2018, and also against those, who do not apply for regularisation, the Cabinet decided.
According to a Spokesperson of the Chief Minister's Office, this policy would enable residents living in these colonies to get basic civic amenities like water supply, sewerage, electricity and road connectivity.
Highlighting the key features of this policy, the Spokesperson said that unauthorised colonies developed before March 19, 2018 shall be regularised, with regularisation charges earlier paid under the previous policies, to be adjusted.
The charges thus received from the regularisation of a particular colony would be used for providing basic infrastructure to that specific colony only and payment of charges shall be made in installments.
Besides, committees of officers shall also be constituted for quick regularisation of colonies, as well as plots falling under these unauthorised colonies.
The Residents Welfare Associations (RWA) can also submit an application for regularisation of the colony. Where there is no coloniser, creation of an RWA shall be mandatory, he added.
However, the area under the road/park would be transferred in the name of the local authority immediately, and subsequently would be transferred to the RWA, as and when formed for its maintenance. Till that time, the upkeep shall be the responsibility of the coloniser.
Unauthorised colonies have been categorised into four categories - where up to 25 per cent plots are sold, where 25 per cent to 50 per cent plots are sold, where more than 50 per cent plots are sold and a special provision for exceptional colony, having more than 75 per cent built-up area.
The coloniser would be required to submit registered sale deeds within three months from the grant of provisional regularisation certificate, in case sale agreements are submitted as proof of sale. No legal action shall be initiated against the coloniser, who pays full charges, as per demand notice. Also, no interest shall be levied on the pending payment, said the Spokesperson.
The Cabinet also decided to amend the Punjab Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 through Ordinance, in order to simplify the process of filing returns and payment of tax with minimum paper work.
The Punjab Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 is a replica of the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017. The Central Goods and Services Tax (Amendment), Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on August 9, 2018. Similar amendments have to be made in the Punjab Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017.