Finally, UT admn to allow change in architectural control of LCR sites
Much to the relief of city hoteliers, UT administration is finally all set to allow changes in the architectural control sheets of shop-cum-flats and shop-cum-offices that had been converted into lodgings-cum-restaurants (LCRs).chandigarh Updated: Apr 04, 2013 12:55 IST
Much to the relief of city hoteliers, UT administration is finally all set to allow changes in the architectural control sheets of shop-cum-flats and shop-cum-offices that had been converted into lodgings-cum-restaurants (LCRs).
The development holds significance as the order to allow changes in such buildings were issued more than eight years ago by the court of MP Singh, the then commissioner-cum-UT chief administrator, which was however not implemented.
The authorities were finally forced to act after numerous representations were filed bodies of traders association, including Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM), for implementation of the orders calling for changes in the architectural control sheets of SCFs and SCOs.
In an order dated June 20, 2004, Singh had recommended that inner planning and partitions should be allowed as per individual needs of the unit. Other relief included windows of identical size in front and rear for proper lighting and ventilation in guest rooms, full coverage of basement within plot area and commercial use with air-conditioning, front elevation treatment with glass, marble, regular staircase, lift room, adequate capacity generator and ‘barsati’ on top floor to maintain necessary services on the terrace.
Despite the orders, the authorities all these years were penalising hotels and restaurants in Sectors 17, 22, 26 and 35. In the name of various violations, the administration had issued notices to over 100 such units, including resumption notices to around 20 hotels.
UT finance secretary VK Singh was not available for comments despite repeated attempts.
CBM member Vinod Joshi said, “Need-based changes to the control sheets is needed and it will go a long way in helping the business community to flourish.”
Joshi also stressed that that UT administration should conduct a study at regular intervals to ascertain the periodic changes to be incorporated in the control sheets.
Owners of SCOs in markets located on the V4 roads of Phase I (Sectors 1 to 26) are facing lots of problems in the absence of separate architectural control sheets for SCOs.