Punjab News Express
CHANDIGARH: The Addl. Chief Secretary, Department of Housing & Urban Development Vinny Mahajan today assured the marriage palace owners of Punjab to consider their demands including bringing CLU charges at par with hotels.
AN OFFICIAL Spokesman said that Ms.Vinny Mahajan has given sympathetic hearing to association members and assured to take up the demands with the Chief Minister who also holds charge of Housing & Urban Development.
Mrs. Mahajan said that relief that required amendment in the policy/laws would be taken to the Chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh. The department agreed to look into genuine demands e.g. simplification procedure for conditional NoC, compounding of upto 5% parking area, rationalization of regularisation charges, review of parking norms, payment of compounding charges by marriage palaces built before 2007 and extension in the validity of existing policy.
The Marriage Palace Owners Association during the meeting demanded that CLU Charges and other charges paid by the marriage palace owners shall be at par with the charges paid by the hotel industry. The association demanded that such charges should not be applicable to the marriage palaces constructed before 2007 because there was no policy frame work available at that time and cut off date announced by the department was 16-11-2012. The regularization policy notified on 16-8-2016 mandates the govt. to claim CLU, EDC, PF, SIF on specified rates for regularization of existing marriage palaces in the state of Punjab.
Other major issues raised by the association include relaxation in parking norms, simplification of conditional NOC, rationalization of set backs, extension in the validity of the existing policy and not to seal marriage palaces in the absence of certain approvals for regularization delayed by various govt. departments.
Office bearers of the state level association revealed that there are more than 1500 marriage palaces running in the state unauthorizedly and they do not intend to apply for regularisation. They added that the association will provide a list of such marriage palaces to the govt. for initiating necessary action.
Out of a total of 1180 marriage palaces existing outside municipal limits in the state, 1093 had applied for regularization under this policy. Committee constituted for the purpose has declared 107 marriage palaces as regular and 364 have been granted change of land use (CLU). Demand notices have been issued to 340 applicants and 147 building plans have been approved. Remaining applications are being processed for regularisation. Combining various components of the compounding fees, department has received Rs. 38.84 crore. Regularization of marriage palaces located within municipal limits has been undertaken by the Department of local government under this policy.