HP High Court reserve verdict into Town and Country Planning case


The Himachal Pradesh High Court today reserved the verdict as the case was pending before the bench regarding Town and Country Planning Amendment Act 2017 to regularize the unauthorized construction in the State. The Division Bench of acting Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Sandeep Sharma decided to reserved the verdict in the case after hearing arguments of petitioners and respondent States today.


Himachal Pradesh came out with Town and Country Planning Act amendment 2017 to regularized more than 13000 unauthorized construction which was being raised after violating the act, before coming into force this TCP act in Shimla Municipal Corporation and other towns in the state. On the previous hearing held this month the counsel for state and advocate General Mr. Sharwan Dogra stated that the petitions are none maintainable since the state has considered the contention of petitioners to not regularized the unsafe and unsecured construction, moreover the act was passed to provide the one-time relief to all those residents in the state who could not regularize such constructions in the State.


The State Government was would charge nominal fees to waive off the violations under the TCP Act. The Act was cleared by the State Assembly after referring it to select committee. Mr. Dogra said that state would not demolish the constructions made by the people and it has decided to regularized after giving one-time relief. The Court likely to pronounced the verdict as the retention policy brought through this act. The time frame under this policy is going to end by month of January next years.

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ML Verma is a Senior journalist, with more than a decade of experience of active reporting for electronic media, news agencies and fast paced online media.

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