31 marriage palaces sealed in Patiala and 13 more to follow
Cracking a whip on the violators, the Patiala Development Authority (PDA) has sealed 31 marriage palaces in the area falling under its jurisdiction in the past four days and 13 more palaces will be sealed by Monday.punjab Updated: Sep 11, 2015 22:36 IST
Cracking a whip on the violators, the Patiala Development Authority (PDA) has sealed 31 marriage palaces in the area falling under its jurisdiction in the past four days and 13 more palaces will be sealed by Monday.
All these 44 palaces, located in four districts including Patiala, Sangrur, Barnala and Fatehgarh Sahib were running illegally for the past several years.
The Punjab government gave them a chance in 2012 to regularise their operation by paying for change of land use and applying fresh for building-plan approval and other required safety norms. Even as the scheme lapsed on December 31, 2012, several palaces did not apply for regularisation and continued to run illegally.
Recently, the PDA carried out a survey of all 177 marriage palaces under its jurisdiction and found that 16 marriage palaces did not apply for the regularisation under the then scheme of the state government.
Further, 28 marriage palaces were those which applied for regularization but were later declared unfit for operation by Senior Town planner, Patiala, as these were operating near schools and hospitals and did not meet the required norms set for operating marriage palaces.
Simarpreet Kaur, Assistant Chief Administrator, PDA, said that based on our survey report, PDA sent evacuation notices to these 44 violators about a month ago asking them to close down their operation. "After getting no response from them, we then moved ahead sealing these buildings, running in contravention with state rules," she informed
Executive Engineer of public health department Vijay Janjua informed that till today, the department had sealed 31 marriage palaces and rest of the illegal places would be sealed in next three four days. He said that all these palace owners had enough time to take appropriate action at their own level but the departmental notices were not taken seriously. "Hence we began our enforcement exercise," he added.
According to him, the enforcement was required since none of the sealed palaces and those under process met the required fire safety norms and other security aspects. These palaces were running for over 10-15 years. "Currently, we have no policy to regularise the existing marriage palaces. We can't say how these places will be de-sealed now", he said.
As checked, the Sangrur district has 24 illegal palaces, followed by Patiala with 10, Barnala 9 and Fatehgrah Sahib only one.
Out of those sealed, five palaces are already non-operational including Bhinder palace, Patiala, Rangla Resorts, Samana and others. Owners of one of these palaces said that it was wrong on the part of the PDA to seal even those palaces which were not functioning. Defending the action, Vijay Janjua said, "No one had responded our show cause-notices. If they submit the proof that the palaces are not working, we will definitely act accordingly", he added.
Marriage palaces that were found unfit for operation but kept running
Shanti Palace, Samana
Sardar Palace, Rajpura
Sukhsimran Palace, Patiala
Star Resorts, Sangrur
Gill palace, Sangrur
Sardar Palace, Sunam
Star Farm House, Sangrur
Jeji Resorts, Sangrur
Amrit Palace, Sunam
Canada Farm House, Sangrur
Canadian Palace, Sangrur
Jannat Marriage Palace, Sangrur
Sohi Banquet Hall, Malerkotla
Deol Marriage Palace, Dhuri
Kohinoor Marriage Palace, Sangrur
Arusa Resorts, Malerkotla
Sohi Farms, Malerkotla
Raj Palace, Malerkotla
Maharaja Palace, Amargarh
Harjot Resorts, Malerkotla
Canadian Resorts, Sangrur
Golden Resorts, Barnala
Milan Palace, Barnala
Deep Marriage Palace, Dhanoula
Barnala Resorts, Barnala
Shagun Marriage Palace, Barnala
Partyland Farms, Barnala
Bhag Marriage Palace, Barnala
Marriage places that did not even apply for regularization
Rangla resort marriage palace, Samana
Sandha marriage palace, Ghagga
Prince preet marriage palace, Nabha
Sardar palace, Nabha
Punjabi Food Channel Restaurant and Banquet Hall, Nabha
Bhinder Palace, Patiala
Garg farm House, Patiala
Heera Resorts, Sangrur
Green Valley, Sangrur
Saimons Palace, Sangrur
Nava marriage palace, Sunam
Taj resorts, Dhuri
Watan Marriage palace, Sangrur
New Deep Marriage Palace, Tapa
Goodwill palace, Barnala
Puneet Farm, Amloh