Replying to the letter by the MP, the chief minister said, “I have before me your letter bringing to my notice that real estate developers in Mohali, Kharar, Kurali and New Chandigarh have not fulfilled their obligations after selling plots and flats to people who have invested their hard earned savings. I have directed the principal secretary in the department of housing and urban development to look into the matter and submit a report in a fortnight whereafter I would like to review it at my level.”
The development comes in the wake of local residents telling MP Manish Tewari about the problems they were facing at the hands of real estate developers during a meeting with him. The MP escalated the issue with the CM.
On July 26, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Satinder Singh constituted a special investigating team (SIT) to probe malpractices allegedly adopted by realtors of Mohali. The SIT has been formed after receiving numerous complaints against the realtors, said the SSP. It is headed by superintendent of police (rural) SP Ravjot Kaur Grewal and supported by two deputy superintendent of police (DSP)-level officers; DSP Manjit Singh and DSP Joginder Pal Singh.
SSP Satinder Singh said that realtors were allegedly cheating people and duping farmers of their land. “All angles will be probed and no realtor found guilty will be spared. Our efforts are to eradicate real estate bungling from our district,” he said. Earlier, Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (Gmada) lodged a complaint against 48 colonisers, who have been booked by the police.
The SSP said that the main task of SIT will be to identify illegal colonisers operating in Mohali and not operating according to the norms set up by the Punjab Apartment and Property Regulation Act (PAPRA) as well as against those facing probes with the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA).
Mohali police recently booked 48 builders for developing illegal colonies and selling these to people in Jhampur, Badmajra and Behlolpur villages of Mohali. A case was registered after additional chief administrator (ACA), Gmada, wrote a letter to the SSP to take action against errant builders. According to the complaint, 15 colonies have been carved out of the farm lands by duping villagers and sold without getting Change in Land Use (CLU) conversion.