Nalagarh: Taking forward their protest against the imposition of Town and Country Planning (TCP) Act in Nalagarh sub-division, pradhans from 37 panchayats have refused to accept grant-in-aid they were to get under the provisions of Baddi Barotiwala Nalagarh Development Authority (BBNDA). Under the scheme, a total of 42 panchayats in the area were to receive Rs 2 lakh per year for developmental activities.
The first installment of the grant-in-aid was to be distributed on Wednesday, but before that the panchayat heads expressed their decision not to accept the amount. Earlier, villagers from the area had organised themselves under the banner of TCP Sangarsh Samiti to express their resentment against the Act. Villagers had been alleging that the TCP Act had been making their life difficult as they were now supposed to take permission for even repairing their own houses.
Villagers claim that since most of the land holdings were too small, it was unfair to cover them under the TCP Act. 124 revenue villages in Nalagarh area were brought under the TCP Act in May this year after the creation of Baddi Barotiwala Nalagarh Development Authority.