It has been news that There has been step taken by the UT administration to regularise violations both in commercial and residential buildings.According to news,The UT administration has delinked approval of building plans from pending court proceedings for allowing residents to regularise violations both in commercial and residential buildings.
As per news, The estate office was earlier not according approval to building plans\revised plan of building of which violation notices were pending at different levels.
Over the years, a large number of notices has been issued by the estate office, of which many are still pending at different levels. Majority of the notices have been issued to owners of properties in sectors 17, 18, 22, 26, 34 and 35. The authorities have acted after receiving representations from residents urging to delink building plan approval with pending cases.
Considering the demand of residents, UT additional secretary passed an order on September 6, which reads: “It is clarified that passing of plan or revised plan is independent of ongoing court proceeding and they should be released. Rather doing so, it will help in regularisation of some building violations at least.
Thus passing and release of revised building plans needs to be delinked from pending proceedings with sub-divisional magistrate or any other officer, exercising power of estate officer under Capital of Punjab (Development and Regulation) Act 1952.”
The chief administrator has directed to immediately release plans which already stand scrutinised and recommended for clearance by plan approval committee (PAC), which approves the building plans, before July 25. Whereas in case of plans pending or yet to be scrutinised\recommended by the plan approval committee will be examined as per Chandigarh Building Rules (Urban) 2017, which were notified on July 25. In the new rules, the administration has given relief to city residents.
Lauding the step, Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM) president Anil Vohra said large number of residents had removed the violations but were not able to get their plans approved due to pending notices. “The move will go a long way in helping people regularise building violations,” said Vohra.
The administration will launch its ambitious project of online approval of building plans by the end of September. A team, led by UT deputy commissioner Ajit Balaji Joshi, is working on the project expected to be launched by end of September. The estate office has got software developed to scrutinise plans submitted for approval. At present, the building plans are approved manually and the process is marred by red tapism. As per the citizen charter of the estate office, fresh building plans are to be approved in 24 days while revised building plans in 32 days. But it takes around three to four months in getting approval from the competent authority.