Chandigarh villages governed by UT rules, admn tells high court

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 26, 2015 21:24 IST

The UT administration has told the Punjab and Haryana high court that the villages under its jurisdiction are governed by rules of the Chandigarh municipal corporation (MC).

The UT response came to a query posed by the high court during the last hearing on May 21, asking the administration to clarify whether the city villages were governed by the UT rules or by the an Act being claimed by the petitioners.

In its reply on Tuesday, the UT told the high court that these villages were governed by the rules of the Capital of Punjab (Development and Regulation) Act, 1952, and not by the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act, 1976, as being claimed by the petitioners.

The UT administration's response came on the petition by over 120 guest houses, hotels and motels operating from the UT villages including Kajheri, Attawa and Burail. They were served notices by the MC asking them to submit revised building plans, failing which parts of buildings constructed would be demolished. The high court in December had stayed the operation of the MC order.

These hotels had challenged the MC order in the high court stating that their areas did not come under the Capital Project Act. Hence the rules of the said Act were not applicable on them. Following the UT's submissions, the division bench of justice Rajive Bhalla and justice Amol Rattan Singh has adjourned the further hearing in the case for July 3 for further arguments.

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