The Himachal Pradesh High Court has restrained the state government from initiating any further action on regularising illegal buildings.

Issuing a notice to the state government, the court stopped it from compounding deviations under the HP Town and Country Planning Regularization Amendment Act.

A division bench comprising Justices Sanjay Karol and Tarlok Singh Chauhan passed the orders yesterday on a petition challenging the Act which provides for regularisation of all illegal constructions on ‘as is, where is’ basis.

The bench restrained the authorities from taking any final decision on the applications submitted for regularizing their buildings.

The Assembly had given a nod to the HP Town and Country Planning (HPTCP Amendment) Bill, 2016 on August 28, 2016 which was brought to give a chance to the public to regularise their buildings.

The Act included the provision to regularise all construction on “as is, where is” basis.

However, no structurally unsafe building would be regularised in the state as per the condition imposed by the Act.

The court listed the matter for further hearing on April 17.

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