What’s new in Pun­jab’s reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion pol­icy

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MOHALI: More than two weeks af­ter the Pun­jab cab­i­net gave a green sig­nal to the reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion pol­icy for il­le­gal colonies, the state govern­ment on Thurs­day no­ti­fied it.

This is the sec­ond such pol­icy this year in seven months.

The new pol­icy is not only dif­fer­ent from the one no­ti­fied in April but also from pre­vi­ous five poli­cies in ma­jor as­pects.

Giv­ing open-ended time­line to the own­ers of plots in il­le­gal colonies, the new pol­icy, un­like the pre­vi­ous ones, does not stipulate time-bound reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion of the plots. The own­ers can ap­ply for reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion of their plots at any time of their choice.


Now, a plot owner and the coloniser of an il­le­gal colony can ap­ply for reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion on the ba­sis of sale agree­ment. In the April pol­icy, it was on the ba­sis of sale deed.

The new pol­icy gives the coloniser four months time to ap­ply for the reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion from the date of no­ti­fi­ca­tion of this pol­icy (Oc­to­ber 18). The coloniser will have to­sub­mit sale agree­men­tor power of at­tor­ney as the proof of sale of plots rather than sale deeds.

The coloniser will be given pro­vi­sional reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion cer­tifi­cate with a con­di­tion that he/ she will sub­mit the reg­is­tered sale deeds of plots within one year from the date of the is­sue of the pro­vi­sional cer­tifi­cate.

In case of reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion of plots, if any plot owner sub­mits the reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion ap­pli­ca­tion on the ba­sis of sale agree­ment, he/ she will have to sub­mit the reg­is­tered sale deed within three months. The ap­pli­ca­tion sub­mis­sion for reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion of plots is not time-bound. IN­DE­PEN­DENT PROCESS The April pol­icy had made reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion of il­le­gal colonies a pre­req­ui­site for the reg­u­lar­isa- tion of any plot in their lim­its. The new pol­icy has, how­ever, made reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion of the colonies and the plots in­de­pen­dent of each other alike other pre­vi­ous poli­cies.

With four month win­dow for sub­mis­sion of ap­pli­ca­tions for colony reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion and ope­nended time for plots, real es­tate ex­perts opine that like pre­vi­ous poli­cies, most colonis­ers will give a miss to the reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion op­por­tu­nity also.

“Colonis­ers will only get plots reg­u­larised based on the sale agree­ments. Though the state govern­ment is cat­e­gor­i­cally stat­ing that there will be no ex­ten­sions this time around but based on ear­lier ex­pe­ri­ences, colonis­ers strongly ex­pect to ex­tend dead­lines or bring an­other reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion pol­icy in a cou­ple of years,” said a se­nior hous­ing de­part­ment of­fi­cial on the con­di­tion of anonymity. In case of the ap­pli­ca­tions for reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion of plots, the new pol­icy doesn’t spec­ify the year in which its sale agree­ment was signed.

There have been in­stances when plots were reg­u­larised based on sale agree­ments dat­ing back to seven-eight years un­der the pre­vi­ous poli­cies.

“The govern­ment should also make reg­u­lar­i­sa­tion of plots on the ba­sis of sale agree­ments a time-bound af­fair with the Google im­age be­ing made manda­tory, while in case of reg­is­tered sale deeds, un­lim­ited time could have been given.

There is con­cern that the pol­icy does not de­velop into a pol­icy for pro­mot­ing il­le­gal colonies,” said the of­fi­cial.


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