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882 illegal colonies in Punjab
Colonisers face arrest, detention
Chitleen K Sethi
Tribune News Service

PUDA GM arrested

The Punjab police today arrested Hardev Singh, the General Manager, Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) for his alleged involvement in ‘fecilitating’ certain illegal colonisers in the state. 

Mohali, August 18
In a move which will affect thousands of families and their residential properties located in illegal housing colonies in the state, the Punjab Urban Planning and Development Authority (PUDA) has provided the Punjab police with a list of 882 illegal colonies spread across Punjab for strict action against the colonisers.

While the colonisers face arrest and detention by the Punjab police, the buyers face demolition of all structures raised by them on these illegal colonies.

Stating that the list sent to the Punjab police had names of 882 illegal colonisers in Punjab, the Chief Administrator, PUDA, Mr A.S. Chattwal today pointed out that the police had already booked 430 of these colonisers under various sections of the Punjab Urban Property Regulation Act (PAPRA) 1995 and the Punjab Capital Periphery Control Act, 1952. However, action was still awaited on the rest of the colonisers.

When contacted, Mr Yashvir Mahajan, Additional Chief Administrator Mohali, PUDA added that names of 310 illegal colonisers in Ropar and Patiala alone had been sent to the SSPs of the two districts for requisite action. “The colonies that have been carved out in these areas are illegal in terms of the provisions of PAPRA. Some colonisers also flouted rules in terms of changing the frozen-land use in the controlled area in Chandigarh’s periphery,” he said.

According to the list issued by PUDA, information regarding 85 illegal colonies had been sent to the SSP, Ropar, on the basis of which 62 FIRs were lodged. Similarly, information about 225 illegal colonies was sent to SSP Patiala, where only 40 FIRs were lodged. In Sangrur, 35 such names were sent and 27 cases lodged. In Barnala, 18 colonisers were declared illegal by PUDA to the police who lodged 13 cases, in Fatehgarh Sahib, 62 cases were sent to the police, out of which only five FIRs were lodged. At Mansa, all the four illegal colonisers were booked. In Muktsar, out of the list of 20 illegal colonisers sent by PUDA, 10 FIRs were lodged. At Faridkot, only three persons out of the nine named by PUDA were booked. A list of 10 colonisers was sent to the Ferozepore police who booked two persons. Similarly a list of 89 illegal colonies was sent to Ludhiana police who lodged 80 cases.

At Moga, two of the three illegal colonisers were booked while at Jagroan six out of the seven cases were booked. No FIR was lodged in Khanna despite three cases sent by PUDA. Twentyone of the 45 illegal colonisers listed by PUDA in Kapurthala were booked while at Hoshiarpur six out of the 21 cases sent by PUDA were registered. At Batala, only one of the 30 illegal colonisers listed by PUDA was registered while at Gurdaspur, six out of the 13 illegal colonisers were booked. Four of the eight colonisers in Nawanshahar and five of the 39 colonisers in Amritsar were booked by the police.

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