Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday criticized the Town and Country Planning bill saying that certain provisions of the draft were aimed at regularizing the Congress headquarter- 'Rajiv Bhawan' and to benefit few builders.
The TCP bill, aiming to regularize the structure built in violation of construction laws, will be discussed in the winter session of the assembly.
In a statement issued here, BJP spokesperson Ganesh Dutt termed the amendments as discriminatory. He said colonies constructed by Himachal Urban Development Authority (HIMUDA) are not to be covered under this bill.
“There should not be pick and choose in regularizing the structures and by keeping HIMUDA colonies out, government is discriminating with hundreds of people,” said he.
He said there are over 10,000 structures under HIMUDA across the state, if they are not covered then this policy would not be implemented uniformly which is necessary to end the menace of unauthorized construction.
He also questioned the justification behind regularising deviations up to 70%. “Why only deviation up to 70% is being regularized not 50% or 80%,” questioned Dutt.
Dutt also hit out at the government for not including green and core areas under the bill. He said there were several land owners, who had purchased land years ago.
“If the government is not allowing them to construct, it should purchase the land and compensate them as per market rate,” said he, adding that they were allowed to purchase the land.
He said there should be complete ban of sale and purchase of land in core and green area.