The UT administration has sought fresh report from UT estate office on unauthorised constructions outside lal dora in UT villages.
The report was sought after the team of estate office had carried out demolition drive in Khuda Ali Sher village and had demolished six structures falling outside the lal dora. The estate office team had demolished structures, which were being constructed.
It is worth mentioning here that the UT administration recently had issued a notification and had even clarified that the area outside the aabadi area of recently merged 13 villages, will continue to be controlled by the Punjab New Capital (Periphery) Control Act, 1952, as applicable to union territory of Chandigarh.
According to sources, UT’s reason for asking for a fresh report from estate office is to ascertain when these illegal constructions came up. UT will soon have to take a call on these constructions, as directed by both Supreme Court and the Punjab and Haryana high court.
The Chandigarh draft master plan-2031 had also pointed out that unauthorized constructions had come up on over 250 acre outside the lal dora in UT villages.
Villagers maintain that number of families live outside the lal dora for years and had all facilities, such as water connection, power connection, ration cards and voter cards.
The administration had appointed municipal commissioner K K Yadav as prescribed authority for the development of the UT’s newest 13 villages until the villagers elect own representatives. Of Chandigarh’s 22 villages, nine are within the MC limits. The 13 added to this zone are within 8-kilometre radius of the city and home to more than 50,000 people.
The merger started in 2013 for uniform development and governance of the villages. The administration considered 600 objections and suggestions on the draft notification before a high-powered committee led by UT home secretary Arun Kumar Gupta recommended the merger on November 30 last year.