Shimla: Himachal Cabinet on Tuesday approved the HP Town and Country Planning (Amendment) Bill 2014 for regularisation of unauthorised buildings, paving way for its tabling in the winter session of Himachal Assembly commencing on December 5 at Dharamsala.
Only a week ago, the Urban Development Minister Sudhir Sharma had said that the government had sought approval of National Green Tribunal (NGT) for regularisation of some buildings in the 'green' area and had said tha the Bill may not be introduced during the winter session.
There are about 25,000 illegal structures in the state, not including the structures that came up after February 2014 when the Bill was introduced in Assembly and later referred to Select Committee of the House.
As the Bill could not be passed during the monsoon session which was adjourned sine die due to disruption by the BJP, the government later promulgated an ordinance which was also withdrawn on October 1, 2014.
The Bill provides for regularisation of deviations up to 70 per cent in all areas except the green belt and heritage zones.
The unauthorised structures in core areas would also be eligible for regularisation and the compounding fee would be half for BPL and IRDP families and double for commercial areas, said an official.
The structures raised after September 2014 when the impugned ordinance was issued would not be regularised.
The cabinet presided over by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh also decided to withdraw the previous Lokayukta Bill and instead introduce a fresh Lokayukta Bill, 2014 in the ensuing winter session of the Assembly by incorporating in it a new section providing therein for 'Contempt of Court'.
The cabinet approved enhancement of Value Added Tax (VAT) on diesel and also gave its nod to amend rule 40 of the VAT Rules 2005 and sub?rule 7 of Central Sales Tax (Himachal Pradesh) Rules 1970.