Giving a “golden chance” to marriage palace owners, the Punjab government has introduced a fresh policy for regularising their establishments.
Although the period for applying for regularisation is two months from the date of notification on August 16, the policy will remain operative for six months to allow the authorities concerned to dispose of the applications received under the previous policy.
The fresh policy has introduced modified guidelines, building norms and charges to be paid for regularisation of existing marriage palaces and setting up new ones.
For the marriage palace owners having their establishments within municipal limits, the authority for applying for regularisation is the Jalandhar municipal corporation. Outside the municipal limits, the Jalandhar Development Authority (JDA) is the competent authority. The government had also brought similar regularisation policies in 2012, 2013 and 2015, along with various amendments, but had failed to receive the expected response.
As per records of the JDA, out of total 216 unauthorised marriage palaces outside the municipal limits of Jalandhar, Kapurthala and Hoshiarpur, 177 have applied for regularisation, but only six have been regularised. The remaining establishments have been served demand notice from time to time.
The government is expecting a good response to the latest policy, as it has provided many relaxations to the owners under various parameters for getting their property regularised.
POLICY: FEE, PARKING AND FIRE SAFETY
If the marriage palace exists on the national highway, the regularisation fee is Rs 40 lakh per acre, while for those on other roads it isRs 28 lakh. The fee includes change of land use (CLU), external development charges (EDC), licence fee (LF) and SIF (social infrastructure fee).
For the palaces established before August 17, 2007, no CLU, EC and LF will be chargeable on the parking area.
The government will provide 20% rebate on the CLU, EDC, LF, and SIF on parking area of palaces established between August 17, 2007, and November 16, 2012. For the palaces established after this period, the fee will be applicable as fixed under the policy.
In case it is not possible to create a parking lot within the premises, it can be allowed on a separate plot within 100 metre. The ownership should either be in the name of the applicant or on registered lease for a minimum period of three years along with the NOC from departments concerned.
In case the marriage palaces has left no space on any side of the building for fire vehicles to move (called setback) in case of an emergency, the owner has to get a certificate from the fire authorities, which shall be limited to only one side.
Under the revised norms, if the existing palaces have one side street opening with a stipulated minimum width, it can also be considered a setback.
For this, the applicant has to obtain the fire safety certificate. However, the policy doesn’t provide relaxation for the front setback.