Chandigarh, Jun 21 (PTI) Punjab Housing and Urban Development minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa today held discussions on the draft of a new policy for regularisation of illegal colonies here, officials said.

Bajwa briefed the MLAs and ministers present in the meeting about the process adopted for drafting the new policy, a release said.

The minister along with senior officers of the department held separate meetings with the colonisers and residents of legal and illegal colonies.

The new draft placed for discussion in this meeting was prepared by an officers committee which tried to incorporate all the valid suggestions submitted by the colonisers and the common people in the earlier meetings, the minister said.

Additional Chief Secretary, Vini Mahajan, placed the draft of the new policy which was further elaborated by Harpreet Sudan, Chief Administrator, Patiala Development Authority.

He explained that the policy had been drafted keeping in mind the interests of the residents/plot holders of the unauthorised colonies.

The policy shall be applicable to the entire state including municipal limits, he said.

Bajwa assured all the public representatives present in the meeting that the new policy would be finalised keeping in view the interests of general public and all the stake holders including colonizers, plot holders and government.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.