One Time Settlement policy may get cabinets nod today

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By Accommodation Times Bureau


The Local Government Department has been completed One Time Settlement (OTS) policy which aims for regularizing the illegal constructions and today would be presented in the meeting for the approval of the cabinet.

Local Government Minister, Punjab, Navjot Singh Sidhu made it clear that “The policy has been formulated as a onetime measure only and afterwards there would be heavy penalties for those indulging in illegal constructions. The minister further divulged that the onetime settlement policy also includes giving a chance of getting their old buildings regularized to those who have done so without the Change in Land use (CLU).”

Minister also elaborated that this initiative would result in making the department self-sufficient from a financial point of view. Calling Advertising a significant source of revenue generation, Sidhu said that Ludhiana is leading the pack with Rs 25 crore revenue which earlier was a meagre Rs 9 crore.

The minister also said that 200 shops in Amritsar have been allotted to the victim families of the 1984 riots.

Listing other measures, Sidhu said that after the rolling out of the online building plan approval scheme last year, till now 500 plans have been submitted online and after 15th January it would be mandatory to submit the plans through online mode only.

On other important aspects, the minister said that apart from strictly implementing the fire safety norms emphasis is also being laid on the GIS Mapping of the buildings to stall the illegal constructions and by June this year, the process would be completed.

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