Jaranwala TMA mum over illegal housing colonies
JARANWALA: A large number of housing colonies and schemes under various names are being set up in the area, violating the rules and regulations.
A majority of illegal housing colonies are being constructed on fertile agriculture land adjoining the villages, including Chak 119/GB, 53/GB, 127/GB, 128/GB, 240/GB, 239/GB, 61/GB, 238/GB and 126/GB. Several residential colonies, towns and housing schemes have been completed or near completion without changing the nature of land from agriculture to residential and commercial.
In August 2010, the town municipal administration officials wrote a letter to the Jaranwala DDO-R, pointing out that there were 78 illegal housing schemes in the city. The TMA officials also asked Jaranwala DDO-R not to attest the registration and mutation of the commercial and residential plots of such schemes till approval from the TMA.
According to clause 4(IV) of rule 8 of the Punjab Private Site Development Schemes Regulations 2005, it is mandatory to transfer one per cent of the total scheme area for public buildings excluding an area for mosque in favour of the TMA. The one per cent area will not be used for any other purpose. It is stated that 11 residential schemes and colonies having total area of 22,251 marlas were illegally developed by the owners, without transferring one per cent area for public buildings. The TMA did not take action against the owners of the colonies for not transferring 223 marlas worth Rs 7.805 million. The said housing schemes are in various areas of Jaranwala and Khurrianwala.
Sources revealed that 67 housing schemes were developed by the owners of the colonies without depositing the planning permission fee amounting to Rs 335,000 at Rs 5,000 each colony, which was necessary according to Rule 38 Chapter-V11 of the Punjab Private Housing Schemes and Land Sub-division Rules, 2010. They said that the TMA did not take any action for the recovery of government dues from the owners of housing colonies. They disclosed that amenities, including Sui gas, electricity, water supply and sewerage, were being provided to the illegal housing colonies and schemes in violation of laws. They said that the Revenue and Registration offices with the connivance of the owners and property dealers were approving registrations and mutations of the plots of the illegal housing schemes through various tactics, causing a huge loss to the national exchequer. Meanwhile, social circles have appealed to Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif to order action against the authorities concerned and owners of the illegal housing colonies and schemes.