The Haryana government on Tuesday told the Punjab and Haryana high court that it was the state government whose approval was needed for the sub-regional plan and not the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB).
During the hearing, the government told the court that a wrong impression was being created by the petitioner on the issue. “...Such approval, even though not explicitly provided in the Act (NCRPB Act), was to be given by the state government and the sub-regional plan was finalised after the approval of the state government,” the government told the high court in a written affidavit.
The government affidavit came on a petition in which the high court in January had restrained the government from issuing licences and change of land use (CLU) permissions to builders and others in the area falling under NCR within the state.
Following the government submissions, the matter was posted for further hearing for April 20, but the HC has not vacated the stay imposed on permissions of grant of CLUs and other licences.
The HC had imposed stay on grant of CLUs after the petitioner had contended that the state government had notified sub-regional plans for various towns falling under the NCR without getting necessary approval from the NCRPB.
The petitioner’s counsel, Aashish Chopra, had submitted that licences and CLU permissions as per the local master plans in various towns were being given, even though there was a Punjab and Haryana high court order of January 2014 whereby all sub-regional plans in the state were to be first approved by the NCRPB.
The petitioner had contended the government action was bound to create problem for future and could result in water and other civic amenity problems.