UT to civic body: Clear encroachments from Hallomajra marriage palace site

The Municipal Corporation is in a predicament over a communication it has received from the UT Administration about removal of encroachments from the site earmarked for the construction of the marriage palace at Hallomajra.

Written by Khushboo Sandhu | Chandigarh | Published: February 22, 2012 2:00 am

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The Municipal Corporation is in a predicament over a communication it has received from the UT Administration about removal of encroachments from the site earmarked for the construction of the marriage palace at Hallomajra. Owing to this,the work on the marriage palace is yet to start,almost a year after the proposal was mooted.

In a communication sent to the Municipal Corporation,the Administration has stated that the civic body should remove the encroachments if the land is to be transferred to it. The officials of the MC are however claiming that since the land does not belong to the civic body,the encroachments cannot be removed by them.

A seven-acre plot in Hallomajra was identified for construction of a marriage palace. With there being no marriage palace in the city,a need was felt for such a place so that the city residents do not need to go out for holding functions. At present,most of the functions are held at the marriage palaces in the periphery.

Even as land was identified,the project is now stuck due to the presence of encroachments. A large number of illegal structures are present on the piece of land. The proposed marriage palace has faced a number of hitches since it was approved by the General House. The plan has not been approved by the architecture department. The issue has been taken up in several meetings.

Nominated councillor Surinder Bahga says,“The land has not been transferred to the Municipal Corporation. But the Administration is asking the civic body for removing encroachments. This is not possible. There is a need for marriage palaces in the city so that the revenue that is going to the neighbouring states with residents holding outside is added to the coffers of Chandigarh.”

An MC official said that the civic body would write to the Administration that either the land be transferred first or the encroachments removed as the MC does not have the jurisdiction to remove encroachments on land that does not belong to it.

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