The Greater Mohali Area Development Authority (GMADA) sealed 30 marriage palaces on Friday after the owners failed to procure a No-objection Certificate (NOC) from it, even as the last date to do was February 15. GMADA has issued the NOCs to 65 of 101 marriage palaces under its jurisdiction.
The Punjab government had framed a policy in 2012 on the orders of the Punjab And Haryana high court. The policy mandated that owners had to take clearances from eight departments. The government started a single window system in 2012, but marriage palace owners claim that it failed to streamline the process.
“The marriage season is on and many palaces have booked functions. GMAD should consider extending the date of submitting the NOC. The authority should grant time to those who have applied, but have not got permission till now,” said Sukhdev Singh Sidhu, president, SAS Nagar Marriage Palace Association.
Seconding him, a Balongi marriage palace owner said, “Permission from the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), the forest department and the pollution department is the most cumbersome. Many marriage palaces have applied, but are awaiting clearances. In this case, the sealing drive is illogical.”
GMADA chief administrator Varun Roojam said, “The marriage palaces that have failed to submit NOCs have been sealed. We issue the NOC after permissions from relevant departments.”
60 palaces operating illegally
Even as the sealing drive was launched, sources in GMADA said, “A list of 60 hotels and eateries that also function illegally as marriage palaces was recently submitted to us. We are getting the list verified.”
The chief administrator confirmed said, “After verification, action will be taken.”
Process began in 2012
The Punjab and Haryana High Court on August 17, 2012, had directed Punjab DCs to furnish a list of all unauthorised marriage palaces in the state. The directions came during the hearing of a petition for action on unauthorised marriage palaces that have mushroomed under GMADA. Following this, GMADA issued notices to 102 marriages palaces functioning without a Change-in-Land-Use (CLU) certificate. After which, some submitted the documents. Then, 12 marriage palaces were sealed.