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Chandigarh administration calls for revised draft policy on village development, lal dora, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate

Chandigarh administration calls for revised draft policy on village development, lal dora, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate
CHANDIGARH: The UT administration has asked the Indian Institute of Human Settlements (IIHS), Bengaluru, to submit a revised draft policy on village development, regularisation of illegal structures and extension of lal dora.

The decision was taken after a recent meeting with a representative of the Bengaluru-based consultant, which was chaired by UT adviser Dharam Pal. The institute, which was appointed to study and offer solutions to the problem, made a presentation and submitted a draft policy.

UT adviser Dharam Pal said they had suggested some changes and accordingly, the institute was asked to submit a revised draft policy. Besides, village-wise plan prepared by departments would be merged with the overall development plan of the city. As it was the first draft, views and suggestions of different department heads were taken in the meeting. Provisions of RERA and other relevant acts would also be part of the revised draft policy, he added.

The step was initiated after former UT administrator V P Singh Badnore directed senior officials to work on regularisation of such construction in January. The lal dora (red line) separates village habitation from adjacent agricultural land. After Badnore’s instructions, some villagers had even started carrying out fresh constructions outside lal dora, hoping it would be regularised. However, teams of UT estate office and land acquisition department had demolished fresh constructions.

Political parties and village residents have been consistently asking for the extension of lal dora and regularisation of constructions outside it. Meanwhile, architects and city’s heritage conservationists are demanding removal of illegal constructions to protect the city’s character.

In the past, UT estate office had even issued notices for carrying out constructions outside lal dora in villages. UT administration had issued a notification and even clarified that the area outside the aabadi area of recently merged 13 villages, would continue to be controlled by the Punjab New Capital (Periphery) Control Act, 1952, as applicable to union territory of Chandigarh.

The Chandigarh draft master plan, 2031 pointed out that unauthorised constructions had come up on over 250 acres outside the lal dora in UT villages. Villagers maintained that a number of families had lived outside the lal dora for years and had all facilities, such as water connection, power connection, ration cards and voter cards.

The merger started in 2013 for uniform development and governance of villages. The administration considered 600 objections and suggestions on the draft notification before a high-powered committee led by UT home secretary recommended the merger on November 30, 2018.


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