The Punjab and Haryana high court on Wednesday granted three months' time to the Haryana government to get its sub-regional plan for the National Capital Region (NCR) approved by the NCR Planning Board (NCRPB), New Delhi, and submit the compliance report.
Till then, the stay on land acquisition, grant of fresh licences and change of land use (CLU) to builders in the areas of Haryana falling under the NCR would remain in force. Haryana's districts falling in NCR include Gurgaon, Faridabad, Rohtak, Jhajjar, Sonepat, Bhiwani, Rewari, Mahendergarh, Jind and Karnal.
The directions came from the division bench comprising chief justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and justice Arun Palli during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation filed by Gurgaon resident Chandra Shekhar Misra.
Appearing for the union ministry of environment and forests, advocate Onkar Singh Batalvi informed the court, "We have sent our comments to the Haryana government about the sub-regional plan. Whether they have acted on those or not, has not been conveyed to us."
At the same time, the Haryana government's counsel informed that in compliance with the court's January 23 directions, the sub-regional plan had been sent to the NCRPB after required corrections.
The Haryana government informed the court that the sub-regional plan was finally placed before the planning committee of the NCRPB at its 63rd meeting held on February 20. Also, the latest meeting of the NCRPB was held on April 25 and the sub-regional plan was deliberated upon in detail along with the observations given by the planning committee while recommending the plan. But minutes of the meeting are still awaited and as soon as these are received, the plan would be finalised after considering the NCRPB's observations to ensure that it is in conformity with provisions of the revised regional plan-2021, the court was informed.
On being asked by the bench, the NCRPB's counsel informed that the minutes of the meeting held on April 25 had been finalised on May 12. But counsels appearing for other parties in the case submitted that they had not been conveyed anything about the meeting's minutes.
Appearing for the petitioner, senior advocate Puneet Bali, argued, "There are serious objections now as they (Haryana) are including the entire forest area also."
Misra had approached the high court in September 2012, seeking directions to the Haryana government to finalise its sub-regional plan for its area falling under the NCR to ensure planned development.
He had submitted that the state government should not be allowed to give effect to any of the master plans, which either were or would be in contravention of the NCRPB Act, 1985, and regional plan-2021 approved by the NCRPB. Else, it would result in haphazard construction.