In a bid to impose stricter penalties on builders, the Department of Town and Country Planning (DTCP) of Haryana issued recovery notices to 74 builders aiming to recover costs incurred in the demolition of illegal colonies. Also, this move was aimed to keep a check on the sprawling of illegal colonies.
As reported by a national daily, DTCP issued notices amounting to Rs 15 lakh under section 10 (3) of the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act 1975. The department cleared that the fine amount will be recovered as arrears of land revenue in case builders fail to deposit the same.
The news report also mentioned that according to RS Batth, district town planner (enforcement), these developers have duped many innocent homebuyers as they carved out illegal colonies on agricultural land without any permission from the respective authorities. This violates the Haryana Development and Regulation of Urban Areas Act, 1975.
He further mentioned that in the last four months, nearly 74 structure have been demolished by the enforcement wing incurring costs on earthmovers, videography, manpower, vehicles and others to the department. Hence, to recover costs, the office of director DTCP has issued stricter directions to the enforcement team.