Himachal govt brings bill to regularise illegal buildings

Last Updated: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 19:07

Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh government on Wednesday introduced in the state Assembly a bill for regularisation of unauthorised buildings, under which the violators can get their illegal constructions regularised by paying a fee.

The bill, which will amend the HP Town and Country Planning (TCP) Act, seeks to regularise 12,694 unauthorised buildings constructed in violation of the Act.

A provision has been made in the bill to regularise buildings which have unauthorised constructions up to 70 per cent above the sanction plan.
The provisions of the Amendment Bill would be operative for a period of one year.

Introducing the bill, Urban Development Minister Sudhir Sharma said the amendment was necessitated as the high court had asked the government not to regularise unauthorised constructions.

The high court had made the remarks in connection with a case in 2009.

"Considering the HC order (not allowing the government to regularise the illegal buildings) and practice followed in other metropolitan cities of the country to deal with illegal constructions, it has been considered more appropriate to make a special provision in the TCP Act for a specific period of one year as a one-time exemption by charging deterrent fee instead of demolishing such large scale unauthorised constructions, which is neither feasible nor practicable," he added.

First Published: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 19:07
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