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Engineers’ body opposes policy for illegal colonies 

Moga, January 2

The Punjab Council of Engineers (PCE) has condemned the Punjab government for bringing in one-time policy to regularise illegal colonies and buildings.

President of the PCE Kapil Arora claimed that any policy to regularise the colonies would be against the prevailing rule of law that was Punjab Municipal Corporation Act, 1976, and Punjab Town Improvement Act, 1922, under which all the building bylaws were notified by the state government from time to time.

Claiming that laws and Acts were passed by the legislators to streamline the system, he said any policy in favour of violators and offenders was against Article 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India.

“This policy will have a negative effect on law abiding citizens and will demoralise them and motivate them to commit violations and also give boost to violators to continue breaking rules in future too,” he said. “We have requested the authorities that the violations done by offenders must be removed as per the existing laws. In case, such policy is still introduced, we will have no other option but to file a suitable remedy in the High Court of Punjab and Haryana,” the PCE office-bearers warned the state government.

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