Punjab Housing Division blamed for permitting unlawful constructions in Chandigarh periphery

Punjab Housing Division blamed for permitting unlawful constructions in Chandigarh periphery



Tribune Information Service

Rajmeet Singh

Chandigarh, Might 12

The Punjab Housing Division has come underneath the scanner over its failure to curb mushrooming of farmhouses and palatial constructions in areas delisted from the forest land on the periphery of Chandigarh.

The areas delisted from forest areas run parallel to the forest areas on the periphery of Chandigarh. The Punjab Forest Division has written to the Larger Mohali Space Growth Authority (GMADA) to curb mushrooming of farmhouses and plotting being accomplished by builders in violation of the Supreme Court docket tips on delisted forest areas.

“The areas falls inside the eco-sensitive zone of Sukhna Wildlife Sanctuary and comes underneath the purview of the Periphery Management Act. However GMADA officers liable for checking violations have failed to take action. The violators embrace retired IAS, IPS officers, politicians and influential individuals who’re operating industrial exercise from the farmhouses and resorts,” mentioned a senior Forest Division functionary.

These construction shave not come up in a single day. The resorts and farmhouses are getting used for holding events, marriage capabilities and evening keep. The Forest Division has been repeatedly writing to the Housing Division to behave towards the violators.

A senior functionary mentioned if CM Bhagwant Mann-led AAP authorities by means of its Panchayat Division may act towards VIP encroachers on shamlat land, the identical could possibly be accomplished in case of the Forest Division.

There are Supreme Court docket tips relating to the land use in delisted forest land, largely privately owned. There needs to be readability and strictness by the federal government so hat gullible traders usually are not trapped.

Within the areas regulated underneath Sections 4 and 5 of the Punjab Land Preservation Act (PLPA), 1900, falling in Tarapur, Burana, Gocher, Majra, Sultanpur, Pallanpur, Dulwan, Siswan, Choti-Badi Nagal, Parol, Majarian, Seonk, Parch, Kasauli, Nada, Karoran, Mirzapur, Saini Majra, Mullanpur, Bhronjian, Thaksa, Hoshairpur, Bhulheri and Malakpur villages, farmhouses and resorts have come proper underneath the nostril of the Forest Division.

Violators of the regulation could be prosecuted underneath related Acts and guidelines, together with Indian Forest Act, 1927, Forest Conservation Act, 1980, Wildlife Safety Act, 1927, and for felony contempt of Supreme Court docket orders relating to the land use underneath the PLPA, 1900.

Events at farmhouses

  • Resorts and farmhouses are getting used for events, marriage capabilities and evening keep. The Forest Division has been repeatedly writing to the Housing Division to behave towards the violators
  • Regulated areas embrace Tarapur, Burana, Gocher, Majra, Sultanpur, Pallanpur, Dulwan, Siswan, Choti-Badi Nagal, Parol, Majarian, Seonk, Parch, Kasauli, Nada, Karoran, Mirzapur, Saini Majra, Mullanpur, Bhronjian, Thaksa, Hoshairpur, Bhulheri and Malakpur villages

Retd officers amongst violators

Violators embrace retired IAS, IPS officers, politicians and influential individuals who’re operating industrial exercise from farmhouses and resorts. — Senior Forest Dept functionary


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