According to news reports, the provincial government released the Punjab Commission for Regularization of Irregular Housing Schemes Ordinance 2021 on Friday (April 9), aiming to regularize private housing schemes and take action against irregular residential projects throughout the province.

A five-member commission will be constituted under the Punjab Commission for Regularization of Irregular Housing Schemes Ordinance 2021. The said commission will be compensated for its conduct, exempt from court jurisdiction, and the authority to establish rules for its efficient operation.

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According to Governor Punjab Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar’s official notification, the chairman of this commission will be a retired Supreme Court or High Court judge appointed in consultation with Pakistan’s Chief Justice (CJP).

A town planner, director of the environment, civil engineer, and legal counsel will be among the other committee members, all of whom must have over 20 years of experience in their respective fields.

This commission aims to provide housing scheme tenants with safeguards and to avoid irregularities in housing societies. According to the notice, housing societies will be fined for violations such as non-conforming land use, inadequate road width, and graveyards’ absence. There are also the following penalties:

  • Without approval, housing schemes would be paid twice the defective property value, based on the residential deal in the relevant valuation table.
  • Housing developments that lack graveyards, parks, and open spaces will be charged twice the defective land value as determined by the relevant valuation table’s residential value. Meanwhile, the housing scheme would be responsible for purchasing and allocating cemetery space within a 5-kilometre radius of the scheme.
  • The penalty for not allocating enough space for public buildings and failing to meet road network requirements would be thrice the value of the deficient land as determined by the relevant valuation table’s residential value.

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