Town and Country Planning Minister Mahender Singh Thakur said here today that Cabinet had recently passed a proposal to amend the Town and Country Planning Act, 1978 and notification was being issued to seek suggestions and objections from public. He said that this would be implemented only after considering the public opinion in order to provide relief to people of these areas.

Minister said that the Government had taken the decision because people were demanding to regularise the buildings constructed in Notified Plan Areas and Special Areas violating the rules.

He said that after amending the rules, these have been divided into three categories, first were those buildings which were constructed after taking permission but deviations were made afterwards. Separate deviation charges were being proposed for these buildings, he added. He said that under the second category were those buildings constructed without permission but made according to the rules and added that a provision of compounding fee had been made to regularise these buildings. He further said that under the third category were those buildings which were constructed without permission and rules were also violated and added that these would be regularised after charging the compounding fee laid down for both the other categories.

The Minister said that guidelines have also been framed to regularise buildings by simplifying the procedure. He said that proposed parking with the buildings adjoining the National Highway and roads could also be regularised if the same were being used for parking purpose. This would not only facilitate the building owners to finish their under constructed buildings but also long pending demand of the people would also be fulfilled.