The Himachal town and country planning (TCP) department has slapped a notice on the Himachal Urban Development Authority (HIMUDA), asking it to explain how it is going ahead with the sale of plots and flats at the proposed residential colony in Jarza area without obtaining approval for the site plan.
In its notice, a copy of which is available with Hindustan Times, the department stated how the HIMUDA could sell the plots and flats when the site plan was not cleared.
Sources with the TCP department said during an inspection of the site, the department officials found that the slope of the land - on which the colony is proposed - was more than 30 degree, which is a “clear violation” of the norms, as the construction of apartments on the land having a slope of more than 30 degree was not permissible.
The officials also found that 5% of the residential plot and flats for the people of economically weaker section was missing from the site plan.
In an advertisement issued here, the HIMUDA has fixed the prices of 2 and 3 bedroom hall kitchen (BHK) flats and plots; and, the last date for the receipt of applications was December 31 last.
Sources said initially the HIMUDA had applied for the site plan's approval on June 18, 2011, but did not try to get it.
According to sources, the distance between two blocks at the colony should be 2/3rd of an average height of the blocks and distance of the blocks from adjoining properties should not be less than 1/3rd of the height of the block, which was not adopted in toto in the proposed site plan.
Arguably, the HIMUDA has also not obtained the mandatory permission from the forest department for the removal of trees, so far. As per information, the forest department had referred the case back to the HIMUDA on December 12 last, wherein it had sought permission for removing 14 trees.
The forest department observed that at least 21 pine trees would be needed to remove for developing the colony.
On the other hand, district town and country planner Leela Shyam confirmed that the site plan was yet to be approved. She also said that the HIMUDA was requested to remove six observations, adding the construction on more than 30 degree slope would not be allowed.
2 BHK 40 flats Rs 36 lakh, 58 thousand
3 BHK 56 flats Rs 46 lakh, 10 thousand
200sqm-500sq m plots 62 flats Rs 11,215 per sq m