Connect with us

News

Stay on regularization of illegal constructions in Himachal as HC seeks clarification from Govt.

Published

on

HP-High-Court-Stays-Govts-Move-to-Regularize-Illegal-Construction

SHIMLA- State Government’s plan to regularize illegal structures in Himachal under the Himachal Pradesh Town and Country Planning (Amendment) Act, 2016, has received a setback as HP High Court stayed its move. Orders came from division bench of Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan while hearing a PIL filed by advocate Abhimanyu Rathore. In his petition, Rathore had pleaded that such laws would bring discomfort to law abiding and honest citizens of the state. The government, by endorsing such laws, is patronizing law breakers, he had stated in the PIL.

With this order, dream for regularization of thousands of unauthorized constructions has shattered for now. As per Sudhir Sharma, HP Urban Development and Town and Country Planning Minister, by March 30, 2017, government had received about 9,097 applications for regularization. (District wise number is given in the infographic above)

The town and country planning department and municipal corporation have been directed to not take final call under ‘as is where is’ basis until further orders. The court established that the Supreme Court has termed such regularization as against the spirit of law. In the next hearing that is listed on April 17, the court has asked the government to clarify whether these orders were tabled in the HP Assembly before making amendments in the town and country planning bill to regularize unauthorized structures or not.

Through an Ordinance, the HP Cabinet, in its meeting held in March, 2016, had approved regularization of the deviations made by the building owners in the Town and Country Planning areas and other local bodies on ‘as is where is’ basis provided 30 percent open space is available as per the requirement of set-backs.

eviciton-of-farmers-in-himachal-pradesh
It is noticeable that the state government is ignoring community rights of tribal population on forest resources and is very strictly evicting them. State is lacking behind in proper implementation of Forest Rights Act, 2016. However, on the other hand, it’s keen to regularize illegal constructions in cities and towns.

News

Shimla, Manali Receive Season’s First Spell of Snow, Cheers Tourism Industry

Published

on

snowfall in shimla 2021

Shimla-First spell of snow in Shimla’s tourist destinations, Narkanda and Kufri, has cheered the tourism industry as it would increase the footfall of tourists. Similarly, higher parts of Manali also reported a light spell of snow on Sunday evening. Lahaul-Spiti, however, reportedly witnessed heavy snowfall and Atal Tunnel, Rohtang, was closed for traffic. Parts of the Kinnaur district also recorded a spell of snow.

Chopal in Shimla had received 2-3 inches of snow, while Dodra Kwar recorded one foot of snow, according to the Met Department.

In Kullu, Jalori Pass had received 3 inches of snow, Rohtang top 2.5 feet, and Atal Tunnel 1.5 feet.

In Lahaul-Spiti, Koksar/Sissu had recorded 18 inches of snow, Keylong 8 inches, Darcha 12 inches, Udaipur 4 inches, Tindi 2 inches, Kaza 1 inch, and Lossar 2 inches of snow.

In Kinnaur, Chitkul had recorded 15.4 cms of snow, Kalpa 5 cms, and Sangla 7.62 cms. Nichar also received a light spell.

This change in weather has triggered a cold wave across the state. Further, the Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department had issued a yellow alert for December 5, 2021. The Met has predicted rain and snow on December 6 too. While the weather is predicted to be dry on December 8, the state could witness more rain and snow on December 7 and December 9, according to the Met Department.

Most roads, except in Lahaul-Spiti, remain open to traffic movement, the district administrations of Shimla and Kullu confirmed. Further, the administrations said preparations are being made to keep the roads clear in case of heavy snowfall.

This tourist season is crucial for the hospitality industry which was worst hit by the pandemic induced restrictions. However, the entry of Omicron – the new variant of Covid-19 that has been termed as a variant of concern by the WHO-haunts the season. India had reported as many as 21 cases of Omicron till Sunday. If the HP Government decides to impose restrictions on the entry of the domestic tourist in view of the spread of the new variant, the hospitality industry could again face losses.  

Continue Reading

News

Himachal Achieves 100% Vaccination Target, OPD at AIIMS, Bilaspur, Inaugurated   

Published

on

vaccination second dose in himachal pradesh

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh has achieved the 100 percent target of the second dose of Covid vaccination, the State government informed on Sunday.  Himachal Pradesh has become the first State of the country in achieving the target of cent per cent vaccination of targeted eligible age group, it informed.  

According to the HP Government, all eligible 53,86,393 adults have been administered the second dose of the vaccine.

District-Wise Vaccination Details

District

Number of People Vaccinated 

Bilaspur  318150
Chamba 352605
Hamirpur 361954
Kangra 1140439
Kinnaur 68460
Kullu 322643
Lahaul-Spiti 25494
Mandi 738818
Shimla 634019
Sirmaru 410187
Solan 584326
Una 429298

A complete vaccination was performed first in the inaccessible areas and tribal areas of the state and Kinnaur district became the first district in the entire country to administer the second dose of the vaccine to all eligible adults, the government informed.

On this occasion, Jagat Prakash Nadda, the Member of Parliament and National BJP President, also addressed a felicitation ceremony of Covid Vaccination Workers at Bilaspur on Sunday.

Nadda also dedicated the first OPD at AIIMS Kothipura in Bilaspur. The AIIMS Bilaspur would be made fully functional within the next six months, said Nadda.

 

jp nadda at aiims bilaspur

JP Nadda at AIIMS Bilaspur

He said that the foundation stone of this institution was laid about three years back and it would have been completed a year ago, but the pace was affected due to the corona pandemic. He said that Himachal Pradesh has got an Rs. 500 crore Satellite centre of PGI Chandigarh at Una.

He also congratulated the State Government, doctors, health care workers and all the frontline workers for achieving this unique feat. 

Union Minister of Health, Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Singh were also present on the occasion

 

Continue Reading

News

Himachal Records Fresh Spell of Snow, HP Met Issues Alert

Published

on

snowfall in himachal pradesh

Shimla-The weather in Himachal Pradesh has taken a turn with a prediction of rain and snowfall till December 5, 2021. At the time of writing this report, Kaza in Lahaul-Spiti was receiving a fresh spell of snow, cheering the tourists, as well as, the hoteliers. So far, the traffic movement was normal in the region.

This has caused a sharp drop in temperatures across the state.

The District Administration of Lahaul-Spiti has advised the locals and tourists to avoid wandering to high altitude areas unnecessarily.

The HP Meteorological Department, Shimla, has also issued a yellow alert for December 2 and December 5. While the plains can experience light to moderate rainfall at a few places,  the middle and higher hills could witness widespread rain and snow on December 2.   

For December 4, the HP Met had predicted light to moderate rain across the state. For December 5, however, the Met has issued an yellow alert with a prediction of rain and snow at several places.

Continue Reading

Trending