For grant of licence permission in Low and Medium Potential Towns and to regulate the development of urbanized sector in an harmonious manner,Haryana government has amended the area norms. While stating this here today, a spokesman of the Town and Country Planning Department said that the amendment has been made to encourage and increase participation of individual landowners, farmers and local developers in the process of planned urbanizat -ion of low and medium potential towns. It would increase housing stock at affordable rates through private participation and discourage unauthorized colonization particularly in low and medium potential towns. It would augment deficient physical and social infrastructure through private sector participation for planned development. It would help in diminishing role of public–sector and HUDA for acquiring and developing land for urbanization on account of stringent provision of Right to Fair Compensation and Transparenc -y in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013. The spokesman said that for Residential Plotted colonies, the exi -sting 50 acres of medium potential zone has been reduced to 15 acres and the existing 25 acres of low potential zone has been reduced to 10 acres. Similarly for Residential Group Housing, the existing 10 acres of medium potential zone has been reduced to two acres and existing five acres of low potential zone has been reduced to one acre. He said that for Commercial colony, the existing two acres of medium potential zone has been reduced to one acre and existing one acre of low potential zone has been reduced to 0.5 acre. The medium and low potential zones in Industrial (General) have been reduced from existing 25 acres and 15 acres to 15 acres and 10 acres respectively. For Industrial (Green Category), the medium and low potential zones would be of five acres and two acres respectively.