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Ban on construction in green belt: HP postpones decision

However,it postponed the decision on relaxing ban in the green area for new constructions on ‘sandwiched’ vacant plots.

Written by Express News Service | Shimla |
May 1, 2012 11:51:01 pm

Himachal Pradesh Cabinet on Monday instituted a committee under the chairmanship of chief secretary to consider proposed amendments in the Town and Country Planning Act for regularisation of constructions. However,it postponed the decision on relaxing ban in the green area for new constructions on ‘sandwiched’ vacant plots.

Stating this a senior official said that as the model code of conduct has come in force in the municipal areas of Shimla,the item listed in the agenda was withdrawn. Earlier the Shimla Municipal Corporation had passed a resolution asking the government to grant permissions to all those plot holders,who could not build their houses in the green belt because of ban imposed in 2,000.

In the meeting,presided by Chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal,the cabinet decided to create new Sub-Divisional Offices (Civil) at Bangana in Una district and Sangrah in Sirmour.

Bangana sub-division will serve 73,054 residents of 40 gram panchayats and bring 38 Patwar Circles under its jurisdiction,while Sangrah sub-division will serve 70,406 residents of 41 gram panchayats and bring 25 Patwar Circles under its control.

The Cabinet also approved to enhance ‘Samman Rashi’ for freedom fighters from Rs 5,000 to Rs 7,500 per month and from Rs 3,000 to Rs 3,500 per month for eligible wives and unmarried daughters. The decision will be effective from April 1,2012 .

All the government departments would now have to adopt an uniform policy with regard to regularisation of services of daily wage or contingent paid workers and contractual employees.

The cabinet also approved to appoint consultant for conducting pre-feasibility study for development of ropeway system for transportation of agriculture or horticulture produce loads from multiple points between any suitable place in Shimla (Apple Growing Areas) and Border Areas in the state.

It was approved to reduce bottling fee on beer (both for self consumption as well as for export purposes) and enhance import fee on beer for the year 2012-13. The Cabinet was approved to construct Parking-cum-Commercial Complex at Palampur town in Public Private Partnership (PPP) Mode.

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