Govt to set up satellite towns in Himachal

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, solan
  • Updated: Jun 20, 2014 22:32 IST

Concerned over the unplanned growth and increasing pressure of population on the exiting towns, the ruling Congress government has planned to set up new satellite townships at different locations to decongest capital town Shimla, Solan and others across the state.
Besides implementing the town and country planning laws tooth and nail, the government would also ensure stringent action against builders, colonisers and defaulters if found violating the construction laws.

Talking to mediapersons, Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh said it was a matter of concern that the policy planner never considered the planned growth of hill towns like Solan, Shimla and others that has lead to the establishment of concrete jungle.

“The unplanned construction shows the lackadaisical approach of civic bodies authorities and careless approach of town and country planning departments. It’s also posing serious challenge before fire fighting, health and disaster management agencies during the natural tragedies,” he said.

“Since Shimla and Solan are getting overcrowded, my government has planned to decongest these towns by establishing satellite towns in the region. Besides shifting offices of certain departments in these towns, the vacant building will be utilised for medical college in Shimla,” Virbhadra said.

He asked the deputy commissioner and Solan civic bodies authorities to initiate lawful action against violators of the building laws, failing which the government would dissolve the Solan municipal council and appoint an administrator to ensure the execution of the laws.

“We will not allow any jungle raj or lawlessness on the pretext of development by influential persons. The civic bodies should act in a time bound manner and in accordance with the law to check unplanned construction in their respective areas,” he added.

He said the civic bodies authorities should not confine themselves to collection of house tax and distribution of drinking water. “The government has empowered these bodies with vast duties, powers and task in larger public interest. They should perform their duties seriously,” the CM said.

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