Area norms for colonies, group housing eased

Move aimed to curb growth of illegal colonies; instead of 25 acres, now colony may come up on 10 acres, group housing on 2 acres

In a significant decision, the state government on Friday evening relaxed the minimum area norm for developing residential colonies and group housing projects in Punjab.

Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, who also holds the Housing and Urban Development portfolio, has made the decision with an aim to check the mushrooming of illegal colonies in the state.

As per the new decision, to which the CM gave 'in-principle' approval, the residential colonies in the high potential zones of Mohali, Ludhiana, Jalandhar and Amritsar may now come up on a minimum of 10 acres instead of 25 acres, which was the minimum requirement for getting approval for residential colonies so far. In the medium-potential zone of Patiala, the minimum area required for a residential colony will now be 5 acres instead of 10 acres. In any other part of Punjab, a residential colony will now get approval on a minimum of 5 acres land.

Similarly, group housing projects will now be approved on a minimum of 2 acres of land across the state, instead of the 5-acre norm followed so far.

Disclosing this in Mohali, Secretary, Housing and Urban Development (SHUD), Dr Sukhbir Singh Sandhu said the decision has been taken in view of the rising prices of land and unabated mushrooming of illegal colonies in the state. "The decision will not only encourage development of approved residential colonies in the state but is also expected to check mushrooming of unauthorised colonies," he said.

Dr Sandhu said the decision will benefit the promoters of colonies and group housing projects outside the municipal limits of the cities in high and medium potential zones and within the master plan across the state.

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