SRINAGAR, May 28: Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Nirmal Singh today said that the government would frame a comprehensive policy within six months for regularization of unauthorized colonies in the State.
The Deputy Chief Minister was replying to supplementaries raised by some members on the question asked by Sat Paul Sharma.
Earlier, replying to the main question, the Deputy Chief Minister informed that there are 49 regularized and authorized colonies in Jammu city under the jurisdiction of Jammu Development Authority and Housing Board.In addition to it, he said there are 21 unauthorized colonies in Jammu City under the jurisdiction of JDA/JMC besides one unauthorized colony at Channi Ramma Jammu under the jurisdiction of J&K Housing Board.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that a proposal for regularization of 21 unauthorized colonies is under consideration of the Government since 2014. However he said the High Court in WPPIL No 19/2014(CMA NO 176/2014) titled Prof SK Bhalla Vs State and others’ passed an order and stayed the process of regularization of unauthorized colonies. He said in respect of one un-authorized colony (Channi Ramma Jammu) under J&K Housing Board , the survey for regularization of 1502 Kanals of land was conducted in 2011. He said that public is reluctant for depositing the cost at par with the circle rate of the area.
With regard to the time frame for completion of the regularization of colonies in Jammu West Constituency, the Deputy Chief Minister said that High Court in WPPIL No 19/2014(CMA NO 176/2014) titled Prof SK Bhalla Vs State and others’ passed an order and stayed the process of regularization and directed to frame the policy for regularizing the colonies and has further directed that the policy so framed shall be placed before the High Court and thereafter the process of regularization can be takenup. He said that in respect of one un-authorized colony namely Channi-Rama Jammu is concerned the time frame shall be worked out on completion of survey.
The Deputy Chief Minister said that the Department is making all efforts to develop the colonies as per the required planning parameters and protect the land demarcated and handed over to JDA. He said whenever any instance of attempt of encroachment is reported immediate action is taken by the concerned authority. He said that besides this, the anti-encroachment drive is a continuous process to protect and safeguard the land bank of JDA.
He said that both JDA and JMC are ensuring that the constructions raised within their jurisdiction are as per the approved building plans.
Mr. Rajesh Gupta, Aijaz Ahmed Khan, Mr. G. M. Saroori, Engineer Abdul Rashid and Mr. Yawar Dilawar Mir raised supplementaries to the question.