Shimla: The state cabinet in its meeting held here on Friday accorded approval for making amendments in Town and Country Planning (Amendment) Bill, 2016 by replacing Ordinance number 1/2016, promulgated to compound the deviations of unauthorised buildings. The meeting was chaired by Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. In view of the objections and suggestions received from the public, the Cabinet decided to retain the structures on “as is where is” basis. The buildings will be compounded on ‘as is where is’ basis without any kind of open space requirements in the form of ‘set-backs’.
The parking floors, if converted to other use, will be considered for regularisation if alternate parking place is made available. Apart from this, such parking floors that have been converted to some other use for the want of connecting road/path would also be regularised. The compounding fee has been further reduced to almost half to what it was proposed in the ordinance.
It will be charged on a flat rate of Rs 800 per square meter in Municipal area and Rs 400 per square meter in Rural areas for the deviations made by those who have got their plans approved. Further, for totally unauthorised construction, the compounding rates would be Rs 1200 and Rs 600 per square meter for urban and rural areas respectively.
An official spokesman here said The Bill proposes to allow filing of applications within sixty days from the date of publication of the amendment Act. Those who have obtained benefits under earlier retention policies will also be considered for regularisation. The applicants have to produce affidavit to the effect that they have not encroached upon any other persons/Government/authorities land and has not raised any constructions over the control width of PWD or national highways.
The owners of such buildings which were not in the municipal or TCP area need not apply for regularisation.
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