Pathankot Improvement Trust is the sole authority for land Planning and land Acquisition and is responsible for infrastructure such as roads. streetlights. drainage & sewerage systems and public utilities to meet the diverse needs of the citizens.
As per the Provisions of the act, Pathankot Improvement Trust is empowered to plan and execute various development schemes. An improvement scheme shall be one of the following types or may combine any two or more of such types, or any of the special features there of, that is to say,
- a general improvement scheme.
- a re-building scheme.
- a re-housing scheme.
- a street scheme.
- a deferred street scheme.
- a development scheme.
- a housing accommodation scheme.
- a future expansion or improvement scheme.
- a drainage or drainage including sewage disposal scheme.
Thus the Pathankot Improvement Trust has played a major role in changing the visage of the city. By playing a crucial role in area planning and development. the Pathankot Improvement Trust primarily undertook to plan and execute development of various pockets of the city. It has been a relentless forging ahead on this front single-handedly for the Pathankot Improvement Trust for the past 47 years.
Endeavour of the Pathankot Improvement Trust is to better the life of the citizens. Its Constitution too aims at making it more people-oriented. As per the provisions of the Pathankot Improvement Trust Act. the management and working of Pathankot Improvement Trust has been entrusted to a Board of Trustees. A senior IAS Officer of the rank of Secretary or Commissioner heads the Board as its Chairman. This Chairman is a State-Government appointee. The provisions ensure that there is adequate participation of people's representatives in the work of the Pathankot Improvement Trust . The Constitution has made the Pathankot Improvement Trust accountable to the public at different levels.
Working of Pathankot Improvement Trust
As per the provisions of the land Acquisition Act, 1894 the acquisition and disposal of land by agreement or compulsory acquisition is carried out by Pathankot Improvement Trust in the following manner.
Pathankot Improvement Trust outlines schemes and sends the same to the Government for their sanction. On obtaining the required sanction, Pathankot Improvement Trust acquires the land as per the identified areas to execute development work in the layouts as per the scheme chalked out. The plots in the developed layouts are then sold by Pathankot Improvement Trust by auction. Revenue generated through the auctioning of plots in the developed layouts constitutes Pathankot Improvement Trust 's major source of funds which are utilised for carrying out various activities.
Part of the acquired land is retained by Pathankot Improvement Trust and developed for public utility, open spaces, civic amenities etc. Public utility land areas are also allotted to public -institutions by Pathankot Improvement Trust on concessional rates thereby contributing to social welfare.
Pathankot Improvement Trust also distributes significant part of the acquired land to economically weaker sections of society at nominal rates. Number of plots have been distributed so far under Pathankot Improvement Trust 's scheme of land Distribution for community welfare.
Since its inception, Pathankot Improvement Trust has functioned as the backbone of city planning. Due to the land Planning and Development function effectively carried out by Pathankot Improvement Trust over the past 4 decades.
Pathankot Improvement Trust has also undertaken road widening scheme for the city for which Pathankot Improvement Trust has spent large amount from its own funds for betterment of prime roads.