Chandigarh Beopar Mandal (CBM) here on Friday called upon UT finance secretary VK Singh to discuss what the traders' body described as unjust penalty rates and building bylaws regarding commercial properties in the city.
CBM representatives took up the issue of the estate office issuing notices to impose penalties of Rs 500 per square yard on alleged misuse or building violations, in spite of contrary directions by the court.
CBM chief patron Diwakar Sahoonja said the Supreme Court had upheld a Punjab and Haryana high court ruling that said UT administration was not competent to implement changes in penalty rates and should instead amend the original Capital of Punjab Act, 1952.
CBM president Charan Jiv Singh pleaded the finance secretary to revoke all pending penalty notices and to get the issue resolved at the earliest.
Vinod Joshi, the chairman of CBM's subcommittee on building byelaws, showed a copy of the high court order to the finance secretary, who reportedly assured the traders that steps were being considered to resolve the said issues in near future.