Panels to decide legality of marriage palaces

The Punjab government has proposed that district level committees will be set up,which will have the power to decide whether marriage palaces that have come up across the state are authorised or not.

Written by Harpreet Bajwa | Chandigarh | Published: September 11, 2012 12:55 am

The Punjab government has proposed that district level committees will be set up,which will have the power to decide whether marriage palaces that have come up across the state are authorised or not. For this purpose,the state has been divided into two zones — areas within and outside the municipal limits.

In a proposed policy,the state government has submitted before the Punjab and Haryana High Court that while the policy formulated by the local bodies department will be applicable to palaces that come under municipal limits,for palaces outside the limits,different guidelines will be framed from time to time.

For a marriage palace to be identified as “authorised”,it is necessary that it has all approval and sanctions required for it to operate.

The government has proposed that applications will be invited from marriage palace owners from across the state,along with documents pertaining to permissions granted by competent authorities (electricity bill,registration under Punjab general sales tax act,VAT,luxury tax,etc). A district level committee will be constituted in each development authority,which will invite applications and decide on case-to-case basis if the palaces were authorised. While those found to be authorised will be allowed to continue,the rest will be asked to apply afresh for permission.

Punjab Marriage Palace and Resort Association Amarjit Singh Sant said: “Of the total 4,000 marriage palaces in the state,around 40 per cent were constructed after September 19,2007. So,they will need permission for Change of Land Use (CLU). Palaces constructed prior to that need no CLU.

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