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LUDHIANA: Property dealers and realtors are up in arms against Punjab State Power Corporation Limited (PSPCL) for not issuing power connections to the plot holders who have got no-objection certificates (NOC) for their properties by paying regularisation fees. According to them, this is affecting the realty business and also causing huge problems for the property owners.

Deepak Badyal, general secretary of Punjab Property Dealers and Colonisers Association, said, “According to government norms, any person having plot in unapproved colony can get his property regularised by paying the required fee. But even after payment of fee and getting NOC from authorities like GLADA, power connections are being refused to them by PSPCL on the pretext that the colony in which their plot is located is not approved.

This is clear violation of the rules and due to this the plot holders are facing huge trauma as how they will build their homes without power. Moreover, this is also having affect on the realty business as why would people buy the properties and pay regularisation fee when they are not going to get power connection”

According to Ritin Dhir, a resident who is facing such problem, “It has been almost seven months since I got NOC from GLADA for my plot after which I applied for power connection with PSPCL. But after months of sitting on my application, it has been refused by the department on the protext that the colony in which my plot is located is unauthorised. Despite me pleading before the PSPCL officials that the refusal is against Punjab government rules, they did not pay any heed.”

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