Explaining the provisions of the Amendment Bill, Urban Development Minister Sudhir Sharma said that the proposed amendment would empower respective SADAs (special area development authority) to levy certain charges to make them self-sustainable in providing services to the residents.
    
Replying to the objections raised by BJP Chief Whip Suresh Bhardwaj and Himachal Lokhit Party member Meheshwar Singh, Sharma said that government would soon come out with new legislations to regulate old unauthorised construction on the recommendation of assembly select committee.

The Amendment Bill would rein in and discourage unauthorised construction by colonies or builders who would liable to stringent punishment including imprisonment.

Ministers said that Bill provided for imposition of fine and imprisonment upto three years and delegation of powers to Irrigation and Public Health Department and Electricity Board to severe water and power connections in case of deviations in constructions or any unauthorised construction is brought in notice.

After implementation of this Act, urban local bodies, SADAs and HIMUDA are not required to register as promoters whenever they develop colonies.

Proposed legislations would allow the developers to take up any project of public interest or utility which is to be transferred to the government after certain period of time, need not to be registered as promoters.

At present in any area where more than 8 rooms for school, hospital or shops for self use are being constructed out of notified planning areas are becoming deemed planning areas.

As a result people were required to seek planning permissions in such cases even if they did not fall in the notified planning areas.
    
Promoters facing problems due to financial crunch or adverse circumstances shall be able to transfer their projects to prospective buyers after getting necessary permission and completion of codal formalities.

Wherever there is change in orientation or layout of building plans within the prescribed regulations during construction, builders can revise their drawings after getting consent from prospective buyers, if any, and necessary permission from director.

Carving out plots and flattening of land would also be covered under the definition of colony and appeal could be filed against the action under TCP Act within six months with the appellate body.

At present, the appeal can be filed only in cases relating to rejection of planning permission and there is no time limit to decide the appeal.

A provision of minimum 15 percent reservation for bonafide Himachalis has been made in all projects against provision of only 8.33 percent reservation to bonafide Himachalis at present.

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