Punjab Cabinet Okays Regularisation Of Unauthorised Construction
About a lakh property owners in the state can now heave a sigh of relief as the Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has approved the Punjab One-Time Voluntary Disclosure and Settlement of Violations of Buildings Ordinance, 2018. Now, owners of unauthorised structures in the municipal areas of Punjab can seek regularisation of non-compoundable violations on payment of a one-time charge if the property was constructed before June 2018. Owners will, however, have to meet certain conditions to get their buildings regularised. The government has yet to decide on the regularisation fee.
Non-compoundable violations include violation of land use or of Improvement Trust Schemes, violation of urban industrial focal points, encroachment of private or public land or on restricted areas, etc.
The Punjab government has made the move, keeping in mind that large-scale demolition could turn out problematic.
Defaulters would need to submit an application with all necessary information in the building within three months along with the fee. If there are rectifications to be made so as to align the construction with respect to the fire, safety standards, it should be done within these three months to avoid disconnection of water and sewerage lines without notice.