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Settlement policy for urban areas yet to be revised

Settlement policy for urban areas yet to be revised

Rajmeet Singh 

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, December 3

With two months left for elections to 130 urban local bodies, including nine Municipal Corporations, the government is yet to come up with the revised one-time settlement (OTS) policy for non-compoundable violations.

As the OTS policy, notified in March this year, did not find favour with the intended beneficiaries with just 1,200 applications received, the Local Government Department in June this year had sought public suggestions. 

Affecting 30 lakh violations in residential and non-residential buildings in urban local bodies, the government while bringing the policy had eyed a revenue of Rs 1,000 crore by regularising the building violations. 

A major anomaly in the OTS policy was non-inclusion of scheme area of other development bodies like Punjab Industries Department, Improvement Trusts, Urban  Housing Department. 

“This was making the policy futile as a majority of the areas were under the jurisdiction of other departments and the guidelines in the policy were not overriding their respective rules and regulation on building violations. The department will soon come up with revised policy,” said a senior government functionary.

The non-categorisation of the urban areas for imposing the exorbitant compounding fee with relaxation in the parking norms was also objected too by the intended beneficiaries. There has been a demand to relax the norms of alternative parking sites within the vicinity not exceeding a distance of 250 metre. 

In meetings of the urban renewal and reforms consultative group, party MLAs in the urban areas have been pointed towards regularisation charges being on the higher side and unrealistic mandatory parking norms.

It has further been pointed out that the change of land use (CLU) has been made compulsory for shop-cum-flats (SCFs) where residential portion is being used for commercial purpose under the provisions of the scheme. 

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