Shimla: Giving relief to the thousands of house owners seeking regularization of illegally erected structured in the state under recently enacted Town and Country Planning (Amendment) Bill, 2016 as Himachal government has allowed Class-A Architects and other Class-A private professionals to issue structural stability certificate in respect of low and medium risk buildings.

Disclosing this hare today, Urban Development and Town and Country Planning Minister Sudhir Sharma said the residential buildings having two-three storeys and buildings constructed on slope above 150 to 300 storeys and buildings having single storey and constructed on slope less than 150 were low risk buildings.

All private professional can apply online to the department of Town and Country Planning for registration.

However, qualified structural engineers were fully competent to issue structural stability certificate in respect of all types of buildings, he added. Out of total 995 registered private professionals with the department, 48 were structural engineers and 432 Class-A professionals.

Sudhir Sharma said very soon Town and Country Planning department would make it mandatory to have full time supervision of under construction buildings for statutory compliances and stop deviations.

Earlier, the state government had enacted a Town and Country Planning (Amendment) Bill, 2016 with a clause of Structural Stability Certificate from selected Structural Engineers. However, clause created problems for the house owners and find difficulty to get the same. Even few political parties opposed the Structural Stability Certificate and demanded to scape it and approved the houses especially constructed before 1994 in the merged areas and before 1979 in town and country planning (TCP) areas, “as is where is” basis. Even house owners also didn’t showed interest in applying for the regularizations.

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