The officials claimed this action would force the developers to clear their dues otherwise their properties would be of no use. The civic body has to recover around Rs 13 crore from the defaulters and it has written against 27 of them in Zone D, while for the other zones the process is on.
According to MC records, 172 applications were received for regularisation of colonies between the 2013 and 2018 policies, but only 31 were given sanction and NOC. The officials claimed they had sent many reminders to the developers to clear their dues, but most of them paid the initial amount and did not turn up for the rest of the payment and continued selling plots and construction work was also going on at full pace at their sites.
Sources said despite the Punjab and Haryana high court imposing a ban on sale of plots in colonies that had not obtained NOC from the civic body or developing authority concerned, the plots were being registered. This is the reason why developers did not approach the civic officials for getting NOC by clearing their dues. In some of the illegal colonies, the number of houses is increasing, but there is no sign of basic amenities.
Municipal town planner SS Bindra said, “We have to close the files of developers who did not turn up for full payment and we have also worked towards banning sale and purchase of their properties. We will request the revenue department to mention the pending amount in the land record of that particular developer (against land in the colony as well as his personal land) so that whenever he comes to take fard (revenue record) for a deal, he will have to first clear the dues.”