The Punjab and Haryana high court has asked the UT administration to explain applicability of the Capital of Punjab (Development and Regulation) Act, 1952, on Chandigarh villages.
During the hearing on Thursday, the division bench of justice Rajive Bhalla and justice Amol Rattan Singh directed the administration to submit its reply by August 12.
The petitioner, hotel owners, have been maintaining that the rules of Act don’t apply on the abadis’ of village, whose land was acquired for setting up of the new capital, and the area was governed under the Punjab Municipal Corporation Act, 1976, not under the Act of 1952 as claimed by the administration.
Last year, the over 120 guest houses, hotels and motels operating in UT villages, including Kajheri, Attawa and Burail, were served notices by the Chandigarh municipal corporation, 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.