The Punjab and Haryana high court has stayed booking, selling and construction of Tata Camelot Housing Colony Project coming up in Kansal, Chandigarh.
The division bench comprising of acting Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Augustine George Masih issued the directions while taking up public interest litigation, today.
The petition came up for hearing with a connected case on preparation of the master plan of UT Chandigarh and its periphery. Sanjay Kaushal, senior standing counsel appearing for the UT Administration sought further time for completion of Chandigarh master plan. On this the division bench permitted UT Chandigarh to finalise its master plan before March 31.
The bench also issued directions to the states of Haryana and Punjab to co-ordinate with UT Chandigarh for completion of its master plan so as to have interlinked development and protection of environment in its periphery.
The high court had issued notice of motion to Tata Camelot Housing Colony, state of Punjab, UT Chandigarh, Union of India and Archeological Survey of India along with other respondents on November 17 last year, while taking suo motu cognizance of a news report published in an English daily regarding coming up of Tata Housing Camelot Colony in Kansal village near to Capitol Complex, which would obstruct the view of Shivalik hills from Chandigarh.
Advocate Aalok Jagga of the Punjab and Haryana high court had also filed public interest litigation(PIL) on the said issue, which also came up for hearing on November 17.
Justice Ajay Tewari of the High Court had taken suo motu notice of a newspaper report, which mentioned that nine residential buildings between 12 and 35 storeys would be coming up in the Tata Camelot project in Kansal. It was also reported that more than 1700 flats were proposed to be constructed in the said society. Justice Tewari had mentioned the project as “disturbing state of rapid and unregulated urbanization”.
However, advocate Jagga in his PIL had mentioned that the area on which the project was coming up was given to the MLAs of Punjab Legislature for the construction of Punjab MLA society. “Under dubious circumstances, the land of the society has been transferred/sold to the private respondents on an understanding between them that each member of the legislative assembly, who was a member of the Punjab MLA society, would be given an amount of Rs 85/95 lakhs in cash and one flat each to the tune of Rs 1.5 crore to Rs 2.5 crore,” added Jagga. “Under what circumstances and as to how this transaction/exchange has taken place leaves much to be desired,” he added.
On November 17, the division bench comprising chief justice Mukul Mudgal and justice Ranjan Gogoi had in all issued notice of motion to eight respondents and had adjourned the case for January 20, 2011.