Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan
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BHOPAL: Contrary to the commitment of the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to regularize illegal colonies in state, Bhopal divisional commissioner on Thursday instructed for lodging FIRs against builders and developers of identified 96 illegal colonies in the city.

Commissioner Kavindra Kiyawat also instructed for action against assistant engineers and sub-engineers who allegedly promoted and helped in development of such illegal colonies. The commissioner has directed to withhold one month salary of the guilty officials. The commissioner was addressing a review meeting of illegal colonies in the state capital on Thursday. BMC commissioner KVS Chaudhary was also present at the meeting.

Revenue teams are continuously giving feedback and presenting reports on the illegal colonies and on the basis of these reports action against assistant engineers and sub-engineers will be initiated.

BMC commissioner has been instructed to look into the role of officials of Town and Country Planning (T&CP), MPEB (power distribution companies), PHE and other departments in promoting illegal colonies. Besides, instruction has also been given for the installation of hoardings highlighting illegal colonies in the city and mentioning police cases against builders and developers for public awareness.

Chouhan is committed to regularize illegal colonies

In 2018, Shivraj Singh Chouhan had announced to regularise illegal colonies in the state. Even in 2015, Chouhan had made an announcement in the assembly to tweak rules for regularization of illegal colonies.

Chouhan had said that MP will remove this tag of 'Illegal Colonies' and regularise them. State government will give people an opportunity to live with their heads held high. However, attention also needs to be paid that no other illegal colonies crop up after this process is over, the CM had said. According to an estimate, nearly 2.5 lakh people would have been benefited by this move and nearly 5000 colonies across the state would have been regularised in a phased manner over the next five months.

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